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TUE FOKTyiMES ©F B^IGEL, 



KING JAKES AND NIGEL. 



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Sir ^^iouV•tc■r Sc«t4:r, 

WAVERLEY NOYELS. 



VOLUME XI 7. 



FORTUNES OF NIGE 



EDINBURGH: 
ADAM AND CHARLES BLAC] 



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Bnt why abonld lordHngs an our praite c 
Riie, iMOMfc man, and ling the Han of Rom. 

Popc. 

Hating, in the tale of the Heart of Mid-Lothian, succeeded in 
Bome degree in awakening an interest in befadf of one devoid of 
those accomplishments which belong to a heroine almost by right, 
I was next tempted to choose a hero upon the same unpromising 
plan ; and as worth of character, goodness of heart, and rectitude 
of principle, were necessary to one who laid no claim to high 
birth, romantic sensibility, or any of the usual accomplishments of' 
those who strut through the pages of this sort of composition, I 
made free with the name of a person who has left the most 
magnificent proofs of his benevolence and charity that the capital 
of Scotland has to display. 

To the Scottish reader little more need be said than that the 
man alluded to is George Heriot But for those south of the 
Tweed, it may be necessary to add, that the person so named 
was a wealthy citizen of Edinburgh, and the King's goldsmith, 
who followed James to the English capital, and was so successful 
in his profession, as to die, in 1624, extremely wealthy for that 
period. He had no children ; and after making a full provision 
for such relations as might have claims upon him, he left the 
residue of his fortune to establish an hospital, in which the sons 
of Edinburgh freemen are gratuitously brought up and educated 
for the station to which their talents may recommend them, and 
are finally enabled to enter life under respectable auspices. The 
Hospital in which this charity is maintained is a noble qua4- 
raiigle of the Crothic order, and as ornamental to thedty a8>& 

^ n^^ mj^ O ^ ^^ r: O - 1 

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4 INTRODtTCnON TO 

birildmg, as the maimer in which the youths are provided for and 
educated, reuderft it useful to the community as an institution. 
To the honour of those who have the management, (the 
Magistrates and Clergy of Edinburgh,) the funds of the Hospital 
have increased so much under their care, that it now supports 
and educates one hundred and thirty youths annually, many 
of whom have done honour to their country in different situa- 
tions. 

The founder of such a charity as this may be reasonably sup- 
posed to have walked through life with a steady pace, and an 
observant eye, neglecting no opportunity of assistmg those who 
were not possessed of the experience necessary for their own 
guidance. Tn supposing his efforts directed to the benefit of a 
young nobleman, misguided by the aristocratic haughtiness of 
his own time, and the prevailing tone of selfish luxury which 
seems more peculiar to ours, as well as the seductions of pleasure 
which are predominant in all, some amusement, or even some 
advantage, might, I thought, be derived from the manner in 
which I might bring the exertions of tins civic Mentor to bear 
in his pupiPs behalf. I am, I own, no great believer in the 
moral utility to be derived from fictitious compositions ; yet, if 
in any case a word spojcen in season may be of advantage to a 
young person, it must surely be when it calls upon him to attend 
to the voice of principle and self-denial, instead of that of preci- 
pitate passion. I could not, indeed, hope or expect to represent 
my prudent and benevolent citizen in a point of view so inte- 
resting as that of the peasant girl, who nobly sacrificed her 
family affections to the integrity of her moral character. Still, 
however, something I hoped might be done not altogether un- 
worthy the fame which G^rge Heriot has secured by the Uisting 
benefits he has bestowed on his country. 

It appeared likely, that out of this simple plot I might weave 
some^ing attractive ; because the reign of James I., in which 
Greorge Heriot flourished, gave unbounded scope to invention in 
the fable, while at the same time it afforded greater variety and 
discrimination of character than could, with historical consistency, 
have been introduced, if the scene had been laid a century 
earlier. Lady Mary Wortley Montague has said, with equal 
truth and taste, that the mos^ romantic region of every country 
is that where the mountains unite themselves with the plains or 
lowlands. For similar reasons, it may be in like manner said, 
that the most picturesque period of history is that when the 
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becofming innovated opon, and contrasted, by the illumination of 
increased or revived learning, and the instmotions of renewed or 
reformed religion. The strong contrast produced by the opposi- 
tion of ancient manners to those which are gradually subduing 
them, affords the lights and shadows necessary to give effect to a 
fictitious narrative ; and while such a period entitles the author 
to introduce incidents of a marvellous and improbable character, 
as arising out of the turbulent independence and ferocity, belong- 
ing to old habits of violence, still influencing the manners of a 
people who had been so lately in a barbarous state ; yet, on the 
other hand, the characters and sentiments of many of the actors 
may, with the utmost probability, be described witli great variety 
of shading and delineation, whidi belongs to the newer and more 
improved period, of which the world has but lately received the 
light. 

The reign of James I. of England possessed this advantage in 
a peculiar degree. Some beams of chivalry, although its planet 
had been for some time set, continued to animate and gild the 
horizon, and although probably no one acted precisely on its 
Quixotic dictates, men and women still talked the chivalrous 
limguage of Sir Philip Sydney's Arcadia ; and th^ ceremonial of 
the tilt-yard was yet exhibited, though it now only flourished as a 
Plctoe de Carrou§el. Here and there a high-spirited Knight of 
the Bath — witness the too scrupulous Lord Herbert of Cherbury 
— was found devoted enough to the vows he had taken, to imagine 
himself obliged to compel, by the sword's-point, a fellow-knight or 
squire to restore the top-knot of ribbon which he had stolen from 
a fair damsel ;* but yet, while men were taking each other's lives 
on such punctilios of honour, the hour was already arrived when 
Bacon was^ about to teach the world that they were no longer to 
reason from authority to fact, but to establish truth by advancing 
from fact to fact, till they fixed an indisputable authority, not 
from hypothesis, but frt)m experiment. 

The state of society in the reign of James I. was also strangely 
disturbed, and the license of a part of the community was per- 
petually giving rise to acts of blood and violence. The bravo of 
the Queen's day, of whom Shakespeare has given us so many 
varieties, as Bardolph, Nyra, Pistol, Peto, and the other com- 
panions of Falstaff, men who had their humovrt, or their parti- 
cular turn of extravaganza, had, since the commencement of the 
Low Country wars, given way to a race of sworders, who used the 

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rapier Mid dagger, infitead of the &r leas dangerous svpord mxA 
buckler ; so that a historian sajs on this snbjeety ^ that private 
quarrels were nourished, but espedally between the Soete and 
English ; and duels in every street nudntahied ; £yers seeto and 
pecidiar titles passed unpnnidied and unregarded, as the aeet df 
the Roaring Boys, Bonaventors, BraTudora, Qnarterore, and such 
Uke, being persons prodigal, and of great expense, who, having 
run themselTes into debt, were constrained te run next into &e- 
tions, to defend themselves from danger of the law. These 
received countenance from divers of the nobility ; and the citiaeas, 
through lasdviousness consuming their estates, it was like that 
the number [of these desperadoes] would rather increase than 
dim i ni sh ; and under these jHetences they entered into many dee- 
perate e nt erprises, and scarce any durst walk in the street after 
nine at night." * 

The same autiiority assures us further, that ^ ancient gentle- 
men, who had left their inheritance whole and w^ furnished witb 
goods sod chattels (having thereupon kept good houses) unto their 
eons, lived to see part consoBied in riot and excess, and the rest 
in possibilitj to be ntteriy lost ; tiie holy state of matrimony made 
but a May-game, by which ^vers families had been subverted ; 
brothel houses much frequented, and even great persons, prosti- 
tuting their bodies to the intent to satisfy their lusts, consumed 
their substance in lascivious appetites. And of all sorts, sudi 
knights and gentlemen, as ^tfi^ through pride or prodigality 
had consumed their substance, repairing to the oHy, and to the 
intent to consume tii«r virtue also, lived dissolute hves ; many 
of their huhes and daughters, to the intent to maintain theoNelves 
aceerding to their dignity, proetitttting their bodies in shameful 
manner. Alehouses, dicing-houses, tavons, and places of ini- 
quity, beyond manner abounding in most places." 

Nor is it only in the pages* of a puritanical, perhaps a satirical 
writer, that we find so shocking and disgusting a i»ctare of the 
^larsenees of the beginning of the seventeenth century. On the 
oontrary, in all the comedies of the age, the prindpal duuracter 
for gaiety and wit is a young heir, who has totally altered the 
eetabUshment of the fioher to whom he has succeeded, and, to 
use the old simile, who resembles a fountain, which plays off in 
idleness and extravagance the wealth which its careful parents 
painfully had assembled in hidden reservoirs. 

And yet, while that spirit of general extravagance seemed at 

• Hittory of th« Pin* FowtMn Tvsnof Kirc jMMi*s Rci«B. See Soiuen't 
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work oytit K ^»^ole kingdom, another and very different sort of 
men ^«re 'gradually forming the staid and tesolved cfaalracters, 
which aftenmrds splayed themselves during the dvil wars, and 
powerfoUy regulated and affected the character of die whole 
English niition, until, rushing from one extreme to another, tiiey 
sunk in a f^ootmy fanaticism the splendid traces of the reviving 
fine arts. 

Frmn the quotations which I have produced, the selfish and 
disgusting conduct of Lord Dalgamo will not perhaps appear over- 
strained ; nor will the scenes in Whitefriars and places of e^iltfr 
resort seem too highly coloured. This indeed is far from being the 
case. It was in James I.*s reign that vice first appeared affecting 
Ihe better claases in its gross and undisguised depravity. The 
ent^ktaSiiments and aiaosements of Elizabeth's time had an air of 
that decent restraint which became the court of a maiden seve- 
re^ ; and, in that earKer period, to use the words of Burke, vice 
lost luilf Hs evil by being deprived of all its grossness. In James's 
reign, on the contrary, the coarsest pleasures were publicly and 
tmlimitedly indulged, since, according to Sir John Harrington, 
the men waBowed in beastly delights; and even ladies abandoned 
their society, and rolled about in intoxication. After a ludicrous 
account of a marie, in whiich the ftctors had got drunk, and be- 
haved themselves accordingly, he adds, ^ I have much in&rveDed 
at these strange pageantries, and they do bring to my recollection 
what {yttlsdd of this sort in our Queen's days, in which I Was 
-somc^times Ym assistant and partaker: but never did I See suc^ 
Mk of good order and sobriety as I liave now done. The gun- 
fxmder fKglit is got out of all our heads, aind we are going on here- 
about as if the devil was contriving every man should blow up 
himself by wild riot, excess, and devafftation ef time and temper- 
ance. The great ladi^ do go well masqued; and indeed, it be the 
oidy «how of their modesty to conceal their countenance ; but 
alack, they mbet with such counten^ncid t6 uphold their strange 
doingSy that I marvel not at aught that happens.''* 

* Hantagton'i Nogs Antiqun, vol. ii. p. SHi. For the gro« debauchery ol 
Ae period, too much enoouraged by the example of the monarch, who was, in 
other respeoti, neither without talent nor a good-natured dispoBition, see Win- 
wood's Memorials, HowePs Letters, and other Memorials of the time; but 
particularly, oonsolt the Private Letters and Correspondence of Bteenie, alias 
Boddngliam, with bis reverend Bad and Qossip, King James, which abound 
with the gTMBest as Well as the most childish language, the learned Mr 
D'lsraali, in an attempt to vindicate the ch^cter of James, has only succeeded 
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Such being the state of the court, coarse sensualiiy brought 
along with it its ordinary companion, a brutal degree of undis- 
guised selfishness, destructiye alike of philanthropy and good 
breeding ; both of which, in their several spheres, depend upon 
the regard paid by each individual to the interest as well as the 
feelings of others. Tt is in such a time that the heartless and 
shameless man of wealth and power may, like the supposed Lord 
Dalgamo, brazen out the shame of his villainies, and affect to 
triumph in their consequences, so long as they were personally 
advantageous to his own pleasures or profit 

Alsatia is elsewhere explained as a cant name for Whitefriars, 
which, possessing certain privileges of sanctuary, became for that 
reason a nest of those mischievous characters who were generally 
obnoxious to the law. These privileges were derived from its 
having been an establishment of the Carmelites, or White Friars, 
founded, says Stow, in his Survey of London, by Sir Patrick 
Grey, in 1241. Edward I. gave them a plot of ground in Fleet 
Street, to build their church upon. The edifice then erected was 
rebuilt by Courtney, Earl of Devonshire, in the reign of Edward. 
In the time of the Reformation the place retained its immunities 
as a sanctuary, and James T. confirmed and added to them by a 
charter in 1608. ,Shadwell was the first author who made some 
literary use of Whitefriars, in his play of the Squire of Alsatia, 
which turns upon the plot of the Adelphi of Terence. 

In this old play, two men of fortune, brothers, educate two 
young men, (sons to the one and nephews to the other,) each 
under his own separate system of rigour and indulgence. The 
elder of the subjects of this experiment, who has been very 
rigidly brought up, falls at once into all the vices of the town, is 
debauched by the cheats and bullies of Whitefriars, and in a 
word, becomes the Squire of Alsatia. The poet gives, as the 
natural and congenial inhabitants of the place, such characters as 
the reader will find in the note. * The play, as we learn from 

* " Cheatlp, a rascal, who by reason of debts dares not stir out of Whitefriars, 
but there inveigles young heirs of entail, and helps them to goods and money 
upon great disadvantages, is bound for them, and shares with them till he undoes 
them. A lewd, impudent, debauched fellow, very expert in the cant about town. 

" Shamwett, couan to the Belfords, who, being ruined by Cheatly, is made a 
decoy-duck for others, not daring to sth* out of Alsatia, where he lives. Is bound 
with Cheatly for hehv, and lives upon them a dissolute debauched life. 

** Captain Hackum, a blockheaded bully of Alsatia, a cowardly, impodent, 
blustering fellow, formerly a sergeant in Flanders, who has nm from his ooIoqtb, 
and retreated hito Whitefriars for a very small debt, where by the Alsatians be 
U dubb'd a capti^, marriet one that lets lodgings, sells cheny-brandy, and is a 
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the dedication to the Earl of Dorset and Middlesex, was success- 
fal ahoTe the author's expectations, ''no comedy these many 
years having filled the theatre so long together. And I had the 
great honour," continues Shadwell, " to find so many friends, that 
the house was never so full since it was built as upon the third 
day of this play, and vast numbers went away that could not be 
admitted."* From the Squire of Alsatia the author derived 
some few hints, and learned the footing on which the bullies and 
thieves of the Sanctuary stood with their neighbours, the fiery 
young students of the Temple, of which some intimation is given 
in the dramatic piece. 

Such are the materials to which the author stands indebted for 
the composition of the Fortunes of Nigel, a novel which may be 
periiaps one of those that are more amusing on a second perusal, 
thai^ when read a first time for the sake of the story, the incidents 
of which are few and meagre. 

The Introductory Epistle is written, in Lucio's phrase, "accord- 
ing to the trick," and would never have appeared had the writer 
meditated making his avowal of the work. As it is the privilege 
of a masque or incognito to speak in a feigned voice and assumed 
character, the author attempted, while in disguise, some liberties 
of the same sort; and while he continues to plead upon the 
various excuses wliich the introduction contains, the present 
acknowledgment must serve as an apology for a species of ^ hoity 
toity, whisky frisky" pertness of manner, which, in his avowed 
character, the author should have considered as a departure from 
the rules of civility and good taste. 

**8erapeaU, a hypocritical, repeating, praying, psalm-singing, precise fellow, 
pretending to great piety ; a godly luiave, wlio joins with Cheatly, and sappliaa 
young lieirs witli goodi and money."— 2>rama<tt PersancB to the Sqitire <4 
Akatia, Shadwbll's Workt^ vol. iv. 

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CAPTAIN CLUTTERBUCK TO THE REVEREND 
DR DRYASDUST. 

BEA&Snt, 

I RBACiiLr accept of, and reply to the civilities with which you 
have been pleased to honour me in your obliging letter, and 
entirely agree wifli your quotation, of " Quam bonum et quam 
yucundum /*' We may indeed esteem ourselves as come of the 
ttune family, or, according to our country proverb, as being all 
one man's bairns ; and there needed no apology on your part, 
ireverend and dear sir, for demanding of me any information which 
I may be able to supply respecting the subject of your curiosity. 
"The interview which you allude to took place in the course of last 
^Uter, and is so deeply imprinted on my recollection, that it 
■requires no effort to collect all its most minute details. 

You are aWare that the share which I had in introducing the 
Romance, called Thb Monastery, to public notice, has given me 
a sort of character in the literature of our Scottish metropolis. 
I Ho kmgefr stand in the Outer shop of our bibliopolists, bargain- 
ing for the objects of my curiosity with an unrespective shop-lad, 
hustled among boys who come to buy Oorderies and oopy-b6oks, 
and servant-girls cheapening a penniworth of paper, but am 
cordially welcomed by the bibliopolist himself, with, ^ Pray, walk 
into the back-shop. Captain. Boy, get a chair for Captain Clut- 
terbuck. There is the newspaper. Captain — to-day's paper;" 
or, ** Here is the last new work — there is a folder, make fipee 
with the leaves ;" or, " Put it in your pocket and carry it home ;" . 
or, ** We will make a bookseller of you, sir, you shall have it at 
trade price." Or, perhaps, if it is the worthy trader's own publi- 
cation, his liberality may even extend itself to — << Never mind 
booking such a trifle to tfou, dir — it is an over copy. Pray, men- 
tion the work to your reading friends." 1 say nothing of the 
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five-year-old mutton, or some such gear, or of the circulation of a 
quiet bottle of Robert CJockburn's choicest black — nay, perhaps, 
of his best blue, to quicken our talk about old books, or our plans 
for new ones. All these are comforts reserved to such as are 
freemen of the corporation of letters, and I have the advantage 
of enjoying them in perfection. 

But all things change under the son ; and it is with no ordinary 
feelings of regret, that, in my annual visits to the metropolis, I 
now miss the social and warm-hearted welcome of the quick- 
witted and kindly friend who first introduced me to the pubfic ; 
who had more original wit than would have set up a dozen of 
professed sayers of good things, and more racy humour than 
would have made the fortune of as mai^ more. To this great 
deprivation has been added, I trust for a time only, the loss of 
another bibliopolical friend, whose vigorous intellect, and liberal 
ideas, have not only rendered his native country the mart of her 
own literature, but established ihero a Court of Letters, which 
must command respect, even from those most inclined to dissent 
from many of its canons. The effect of ^ese changes, operated 
in a great measure by the strong sense and sagacious calculations 
of an individual, who knew how to avail himsdf, to an unhoped- 
for extent, of the various kinds of talent which his country pro- 
duced, will probably appear more deariy to the generation which 
shall follow the present 

I entered the shop at the Cross, to inquire after the health of 
my worthy friend, and learned with satisfaction, t^iat his residence 
in the south had abated the rigour of the symptoms of his disorder. 
Availing myself, then, of the privileges to which I have alluded, 
I strolled onward in that labyrinth of small dark rooms, or crypa, 
to speak our own antiquarian language, which form the extensive 
baok-settlements of that celebrated publishing^house. Yet, as T 
proceeded from one obscure recess to another, filled, some of 
tbem with old volumes, some with such as, from the equality of 
their rank on the shelves, I suspected to be the less saleable 
modem books of the concern, I could not help feding a holy hor- 
ror creep upon roe, when I thought of the risk of intruding on 
some ecstatic bard giving vent to his poetical fury ; or, it might 
be, on the yet more formidable privacy of a band of critics, in the 
act of worrying the game which they had just run down. In 
such a supposed case, I felt by anticipation the horrors of thd 
Highland sews, whom their gift of denteroscopy compels to wit- 
ness things unmeet for mortal eye ; and who, to use the expres- 
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■ " - " heartless, oft, like moody madness, stare, 
To see the phantom train their secret work prepare.'* 

Still, however, the irresistible impulse of an undefined cariositjT 
drove me on through this succession of darksome chambers, till, 
like the jeweller of Delhi in the house of the magician Bennaskar, 
I at length reached a vaulted room, dedicated to secrecy and 
silence, and beheld, seated by a lamp^ and employed in reading a 
blotted revise,* the person, or perhaps T should rather say the 
Eidolon, or representative Vision, of the Author op Waverley ! 
You will not be surprised at the filial instinct which enabled me 
at once to acknowledge the features borne by this venerable 
apparition, and that I at once bended the knee, with the classical 
salutation of, Sahe, magne parens ! The vision, however, cut mo 
short, by pointing to a seat, intimating at the same time, that my 
presence was not unexpected, and that he had something to say 
to me. 

I sat down with humble obedience, and endeavoured to note 
the features of him with whom I now found myself so unexpec- 
tedly in society. But on this point T can give your reverence no 
satisfaotion ; for, besides the obscurity of the apartment, and the 
fluttered state of my own nerves, I seemed to myself overwhelmed 
by a sense of filial awe, which prevented my noting and recording 
what it is probable the personage before me might most desire to 
have concealed. Indeed, his figure was so closely veiled and 
wimpled, either with a mantle, morning-gown, or some such 
loose garb, that the verses of Spenser might well have been 
applied — 

•' Yet, certes, by her face and physnomy, 
Whether die man or woman only were, 
That could not any creature well descry.'* 

I must, however, go on as I have begun, to apply the masculine 
gender ; for, notwithstanding very ingenious reasons, and indeed 
something like positive evidence, have been offered to prove the 
Author of Waverley to be two ladies of talent, I must abide by 
the general opinion, that he is of the rougher sex. There are in 
bis writings too many things 

*' Quae maribus sola tribuuntur,*' 

to permit me to entertain any doubt on that subject. I will pro- 
ceed, in the manner of dialogue, to repeat as nearly as I can 
what passed betwixt ua, only observing, that in the coarse of the 

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conyersation, my timidity imperceptibly gave way mider thq 
familiarity of his address ; and that, in the concluding part of our 
dialogue, I perhaps argued with fully as much confidence as was 



Author of Wa/cerley, I was willing to see you, Captain 
Qutterbuck, being the person of my family whom I have most 
regard for, since the death of Jedediah Cleishbotham ; and I am 
ftfraid I may have done you some wrong, in assigning to you The 
Monastery as a portion of my effects. I liave some thoughts of 
making it up to you, by naming you godfather to this yet unborn 
babe — (he indicated the proof-sheet with his finger) — But 
first, touching The Monastery — How says the world — you are 
abroad and can leam ! 

Captain Clutterhuok. Hem ! hem ! — The inquiry is delicate 
— I haye not heard any complaints from the Publishers. 

Author. That is the principal matter ; but yet an indifferent 
work is sometimes towed on by those which haye left harbour 
before it, with the breeze in their poop. — What say the Critics 1 

Captain, There is a general — feeling — that the White Lady 
is no fJEkyourite. 

Author, I think she is a failure myself ; but rather in execu- 
tion than conception. Could I haye evoked an etprit foUet, at 
the same time fantastic and interestmg, capricious and kind ; a 
sort of wildfire of the elements, bound by no fixed laws, or 
motiyes of action ; faithful and fond, yet teazing and uncer- 
tain 

Captain. If you will pardon the interruption, su*, I think you 
are describing a pretty woman. 

Author. On my word, I belieye I am. I must invest my 
elementary spirits with a little human flesh and blood — they are 
too fine-drawn for the present taste of the public. 

Captain, They object, too, that the object of your Nixie ought 
to have been more uniformly noble — Her ducking the priest 
was no Nuad-like amusement. 

Author, Ah ! they ought to allow for the capriccios of what 
is, after all, but a better sort of goblin. The bath into which 
Ariel, the most delicate creation of Shakespeare's imagination, 
adduces our jolly friend Trinculo, was not of amber or rose-water. 
Bat no one shall find me rowing against the stream. I care not 
who knows it — T write for general amusement ; and, though 1 
ney^r will aim at popularity by what I think unworthy means, I 
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Captain. You abandon, then, in the pretent work — (looking^ 
in my turn, towards the proof-sheet) — the mystic, and the 
nu^fical, and the whole system of signs, wonders, and omens !' 
There are no dreams, or presages, or obscure allusions to future 
eTents ! ' 

AtUhor, Not a Cock-lane seratoh, my son — not one boonoa* 
on the drum of Tedworth — dot so nraoh as the poor tick of a. 
solitary death-watch in the wainscot. All is dear and above 
board — a Soots metaphysician might beliere every word of it. 

Captain. And the story is, I hope, natural and probable; 
commencing strikingly, proceeding naturallyji ending bap^y — 
like the course of a famed, river, which gushes from tiie mouth of 
some obscure and romantic grotto — then gUding^ on, never 
pausing) never precipitating its course, visiting, as it were, by 
natural instinct, whatever worthy subjects of interest are pre- 
sented by the country throu^ which it passes — widening and 
deepenittg in interest as it flows on ; and at length, arriving aA 
the final catastrophe as at some mighty haven, when ships of all. 
kind strike sail and yard ! 

Author, Hey ! hey ! what the deuce is all this! Why, *tia 
Ercles' vein, and it would require some one nmch nu»e like 
Hercules than 1, to produce a story which should gush, and glide, 
and never pause, and visit, and widen, and deepen, and all the 
rest on % I should be chin-deep in the grave, man, before I had- 
done with my task ; and^ in the meanwhile, all the qoirln and 
quiddities which I might have devised for my reader's amusement^ 
would lie rotting in my gizzard, like Sa&cho's suppressed wittidsms, 
when he was under his master's displeasure. — ^Theve never wae a 
novel written on this plan while the world stood. 

Captain. Pardon me — Tom Jones. 

Author. True, and perhaps Amelia ako. Fielding had high 
notions of the dignity of an art which he may be considered as 
having founded. He chaHenges & comparison between the Novel 
and the Epic. Smollett, Le Sage, and others emancipating them- 
selves from the strictness of the rules he has laid down, having 
written rather a history of the miscellaneous adventures which 
befall an individual in the course of life, than the plot of a regu- 
lar and connected epopeia, where every step brings us a point 
nearer to he final catastrophe. These great masters have been 
satisfied if they amused the* reader upon the road ; thoo^ the 
conclusion only arrived because the tale must have an. end — 
Just as the traveller alights at the inn, because it is eveningw 

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•ntb«ar At least In shcHPt, sir, you are of opmioa witli Bayes — 
*< What the devU does the plot signify, except to bring in fine 
things r 

AtUhor. Grant that I were so, and that I shookL write with 
sense and spirit a few scenes, unlaboured and loosely put together, 
but which had sufficient interest in them to amuse in one comer 
the, pain of body ; in another to relieve anxiety of imnd ; in a third 
[>lacie, to unwrinkle a brow bent with the furrows of daily toil ; in 
another, to fill the place of bad thoughts, or to suggest better ; in 
yet another, to induce an idler to study the history of his country; 
in all saye where the perusal interrupted the disdiarge of serious 
doties^ to furnish harmless amusement, — might not the author 
of SBch a work, however inartifidally executed, plead for hia 
tiToirB and negligences the excuse of the slave, who, about to bo 
punished for having spread the false report of a victory, saved 
himeelf by exclaiming — ^Am T to blame, Athenians, who 
have givfl^n you one happy day f * 

Caj^ain, Will your goodness permit me to mention aa anecdote 
of ray exceyent grandmother ! 

AythoTp I see little she can have to do with the subject, Captain 
Qatteprbuck. 

CoyRtain* It niay come into our dialogue on Bayes's plan. — 
1%0 sagacious old lady — rest her soul ! — was a good friend to 
the chia:!ch, and could never hear a minister maligned by evil 
tongueS) without, taking his part warmly. There was one fixed 
point, however, at which she always abandoned the cause of her 
leverend protege — it was so soon as she had learned he had 
preached a regular sermon against slanderers and backbiters. 
. Author, And what is thaJb to the purpose I 

CaptfliiL Only that I have heard engineers say» that one may 
bemj^ tb« weak point to the enemy, by too much ostentation of 
fortifying it. 

Auihor, And, once mone I pn^» what is that to tiie purpose ! 

CofAain, Nay, then, without farther metaphor, I am afraid 
this new production, in which your generosity seems willing to 
9ve me some concern, will stand much in need of apology, since 
you think proper to begin your defence before the case is on trial. 
•>" The story, is hastily h\iddled.up, I will venture a pint of claret. 

Author, A pint of port, I suppose you mean ! 

Ociptoia. I say oi claret — good claret of the Monastery. Ah, 
tir, would you but take the advice of your friends, and try to 
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AiK^hor, I care not what I drink, so the liquor be wholesome. 

Captain. Care for your reputation, then, — for your fame. 

Author, My fame ! — I will answer you as a very mgeniousy 
able, and experienced friend, being counsel for the notorious Jem 
MacGoul, replied to the opposite side of the bar, when they laid 
weight on his chent's refusing to answer certain queries, which 
they said any man who had a regard for his reputation would not 
hesitate to reply to. " My client,'* said he — by the way, Jem 
was standing behind him at the time, and a rich scene it was — 
<* is so unfortunate as to have no regard for his reputation ; and 
I should deal very uncandidly with the Court, should I say he 
had any that was worth his attention." — I am, though from very 
different reasons, in Jem's happy state of indifference. Let fame 
follow those who have a substantial shape. A shadow — and an 
impersonal author is nothing better — can cast no shade. 

Captain, You are not now, perhaps, so impersonal as here- 
tofore. These Letters to the Member for the UniTersity of 
Oxford 

Author, Shew the wit, genius, and delicacy of the author, 
which I heartily wish to vefs engaged on a subject of more im- 
portance; and shew, besides, that the preservation of my character 
of incognito has engaged early talent in the discussion of a curious 
question of evidence. But a cause, however ingeniously pleaded, 
is not therefore gained. You may . remember, the neatly-wrought 
chun of circumstantial evidence, so artificially brought forward 
to prove Sir Philip Francis's title to the Letters of Junius, seemed 
at first irrefragable ; yet the influence of the reasoning has passed 
away, and Junius, in the general opinion, is as much unknown as 
ever. But on this subject I will not be soothed or provoked into 
saying one word more. To say who I am not, would be one step 
towards saying who I am; and as I desire not, any more than a 
certain justice of peace mentioned by Shenstone, the noise or 
report such things make in the world, I shall continue to be silent 
on a subject, which, in my opinion, is very undeserving the noise 
that has been made about it, and still more unworthy of the 
serious employment of such ingenuity as has been dfisplayed by 
tiie young letter-writer. 

Captain, But allowing, my dear sir, that you care not for 
your personal reputation, or for that of any literary person upon 
whose shoulders your faults may be visited, allow me to say, that 
common gratitude to the public, which has received you so kindly, 
and to the critics, who have treated you so l^ently, ought to 
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Author, I do entreat you, my son, as Dr Johnson wouid have 
fcwd, " free yoor mind from cant" For the critics, they have 
their bosinessy and I mine ; as the nursery proverb goes — 
** Tbe children in Holland take pleasure in making 
What the children in England take pleasure in breaking." 

I am their humble jackal, too busy in providing food for them, 
to have time for considering whether they swallow or reject it — 
To the public, I stand pretty nearly in the relation of the post- 
man tirho leaves a packet at the door of an individual. If it con- 
tains pleasing intelligence, a billet from a mistress, a letter from 
an absent son, a remittance from a correspondent supposed to be 
bankrupt, — the letter is acceptably welcome, and read and re- 
read, folded up, filed, and safely deposited in the bureau. If the 
contents are disagreeable, if it comes from a dun or from a bore, 
tile correspondent is cursed, the letter is thrown into the fire, and 
the expense of postage is heartily regretted ; while all the time 
file bearer of the despatches is, in either case, as little thought on 
as the snow of last Christmas. The utmost extent of kindness 
between the author and the public which can really exist, is, that 
the world are disposed to be somewhat indulgent to the succeed- 
faag woriu of an original favourite, were it but on account of the 
habit which the public mind has acquired ; while the author very 
naturally thinks well of their taste, who have so liberally applauded 
hit productbns. But I deny there is any call for gratitude, 
properly so called, either on one side or the other. 

(Japtain, Respect to yourself, then, ought to teach caution. 
Author, Ay, if caution could augment the chance of my suc- 
cess. But, to confess to you the truth, the works and passages 
in which I have succeeded, have uniformly been written with the 
greatest rapidity ; and when I have seen some of these placed in 
opposition with others, and commended as more highly finished, 
I could appeal to pen and standish, that the parts in which I have 
come feebly off, were by much the more laboured. Besides, I 
doubt the beneficial effect of too much delay, both on account of 
the anthor and the public. A man should strike while the iron 
is hot, and hoist sail while the wind is fair. If a successful author 
keep not the stage, another instantly takes his ground. If a 
writer lie by for ten years ere he produces a second work, he is 
superseded by others ; or, if the age is so poor of genius that this 
does Hot happen, his own reputation becomes his greatest obstacle. 
The public will expect the new work to be ten times better than 
its predecessor ; the author will expect it should be ten times 
m(nre popular, and 'tis a hundred to ten that both are disappointed. 

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CJaptain, This may justify a certain degree of rapidity iB 
publication, but not that which is proverbially said to be no speed* 
You should take time at least to arrange your story. 

Author, That is a sore point with me, my son. Believe me, 
I have not been fool enough to neglect ordinary precautions. I 
have repeatedly laid down my future work to scale, divided it 
into volumes and chapters, and endeavoured to construct a stoiy 
which I meant should evolve itself gradually and strikingly, 
maintain suspense, and stimulate curiosity; and which, finally, 
should terminate in a striking catastrophe. But I think there 
is a demon who seats himself on the feather of my pen when I 
begin to write, and leads it astray from the purpose. Characters 
expand under my hand; incidents are multiplied; the story 
lingers, while the materials increase ; my regular mansion turns 
out a Gothic anomaly, and the work is closed long before I have 
attained the point I proposed. 

Captain. Resolution and determined forbearance might remedy 
that evil. 

Author. Alas! my dear sir, you do not know the force of 
paternal affection. When I light on such a character as Bailie 
Jarvie, or Dalgetty, my imagination brightens, and my concep- 
tion becomes clearer at every step which I take in his company, 
although it leads me many a weary mile away from the regular 
road, and forces me to leap hedge and ditch to get back into the 
route again. Tf I resist the temptation, as you advise me, my 
thoughts become prosy, flat, and dull ; I write painfully to my- 
self, and imder a consciousness of xflagging which makes me flag 
still more ; the sunshine with which fancy had invested the inci- 
dents, departs from them, and leaves every thing dull and 
gloomy. I am no more the same author I was in my better 
mood, than the dog in a wheel, condemned to go round and round 
for hours, is like the same dog merrily chasing his own tail, and 
gambolling in all the frolic of unrestrained freedom. In short, 
sir, on such occasions, I think I am bewitched. 

Captain. Nay, sir, if you plead sorcery, there is no more to 
be said — he must needs go whom the devil drives. And this, I 
suppose, sir, is the reason why you do not make the theatrical 
attempt to which you have been so often ui^ged ! 

Author. It may pass for one good reason for not writing a 
play, that I cannot form a plot But the truth is, that the idea 
adopted by too favourable judges, of my having some aptitude for 
tliat department of poetry, hiis been much founded on those 
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iftle to coOectorBy they have hastily considered the offepring of 
my mother-wit. Now, the manner in which I became possessed 
«f these fragments is so extraordinary, that I cannot help telling 
it to you. 

You most know, that, son^ tweniy years since, I went down to 
visit an old firiend in Worcestershire, who had served with me in 
the Dragoons. 

Captain, Then you have served, sir ! 

Author. I have — or I have not^ which signifies the same 
thing — Captain is a good travelling name. — I found my Mend's 
house unexpectedly crowded with guests, and, as usual, was con- 
demned — the mansion being an old one — to the haunted apart- 
ment, I have, as a great modem said, seen too many ghosts to 
believe in them, so betook myself seriously to my repose, lulled 
by the wind rustling among the lime-trees, the branches of which 
chequered the moonlight which fell on the floor through the 
diamonded casement, when, behold, a darker shadow interposed 
itself, and I beheld visibly on the floor of the apartment 

Captain. The White Lady of A venel, I suppose ! — You have 
told the very story before. 

Author, No — I beheld a female form, with mob-cap, bib, and 
apron, sleeves tucked up to the elbow, a dredging-box in the one 
hand, and in the other a sauce-ladle. I concluded, of course, 
that it was my friend's cook-maid walking in her sleep ; and as I 
knew he had a value for Sally, who could toss a pancake with any 
'girl in the country, I got up to conduct her safely to the door. 
Bat as I approached her, she said, — *' Hold, sir 1 I am not what 
yon take me for ;" — words which seemed so apposite to the cir- 
eumstances, that I should not have much minded them, bad it 
Bot been for the peculiarly hollow sound in which they were 
ottered. — ^* Know, then," she said, in the same unearthly ac- 
centB, «that I am the ^irit of Betty Barnes."— << Who hanged 
herself for love of the stage-coachman," thought I ; ** this is a 
proper spot of work I" — ^ Of that unhappy Elizabeth or Betty 
Barnes, long cook-maid to Mr Warburton, the painful collector, 
bat ah ! the too careless custodier, of the largest collection of 
ancient plays ever known — of most of which the titles only are 
left to gladden the Prolegomena of the Variorum Shakspeare. 
Yes, stranger, it was these ill-fated hands that consigned to grease 
and conflagration the scores of small quartos, which, did they 
BOW exist, would drive the whole Boxburghe Club out of tlieir 
lenses — it was these unhappy pickers and stealers that singed fat 
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and Fleteher, MMsniger, Jonson, Webster — what aliati I aay t 

— even of Sbakspeare himself !*' 

Like eYa7 dramatie aatiqiiftrjr, my lodent curiosity after some 
play named in the Book of the Master of Revels, had often been 
checked by finding the object of my research numbered amongst 
t^ holocaust of victimB which this unhappy woman had sacrificed 
to the Grod of Good Cheer. It is no wonder then, that, like the 
Hermit of Pamell, 

** I breke tlM baod» of fMr, and madly cried, 

* You carelesB jade I*— But scarce the words began. 

When Betty brandiBh'd high her aaucing.pan.** 

*^ Beware,*' she said, ^ yoa do not, by your ill-timed anger, cut 
off the opportunity I yet have to mdemiidfy the world for the errors 
of my ignorance. In yonder ooal-hole, not used for many a year, 
repose the few greasy and blackened fragments of the elder 
Drama which were not totally destroyed. Do thou then*' — Why, 
what^ do you stare at, Captain ! By my soul, it is true ; as my 
friend' Major Longbow says, ^ What should I tell you a lie for !" 

X)<Mptain, Lie, sir ! Nay, Heaven forbid I should apply the 
word to a person so veradous^ You are only inclined to chase 
your tail a little this morning, that 's alL Had you not better 
reserve this legend to form an introduction to ^ Three Recovered 
Dramas," or so ! 

Author, You are quite right — habit's a strange thing, my 
SOB. J had forgot whom I was speaking to. Yes, Plays for the 
closet, not for the stage 

Captain, Right, and so you are sure to be acted ; for the 
managers, while thousands of volunteers are desirous of serving 
them, are wonderfully partial to pressed men. 

Author, I am a living witness, having been, like a seeond 
Laberius, made a dramatist whether I would or not. I believe 
my muse would be 2Vrr^ed into treading the stage, even if 1 
should write a sermon. 

Captain, Truly, if you did, I am afraid folks might make a 
far JO of it ; and, therefore, should you change your style, I will 
advise a volume of dramas like Lord Byron's. 

Author, No, his lordship is a cut above me — I won't run my 
horse against his, if I can help myself. But there is my friend 
Allan has written just such a play as I might write myself, in a 
very sunny day, and with one of Bramah's extra patent-pens. I 
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Authr, No, nor Barbara Allan either. I mean Allan Cun^ 
ningliam, who has just published his tragedy c^ Sir Marmaduke 
Maxwell, full of merry-making and murdering, kissing and cut- 
ting of throats, and passages which lead to nothing, and whioh 
are very pretty passages for all that. Not a glimpse of probabi- 
lity is tbere about the plot, but so much animation in particular 
paaati'geB, and such a ydn of poetry through the whole, as I dearly 
wish I could infuse into my Culinary Remains, should I ever be 
tempted to publish them. With a popular impress, pec^e would 
read and admire the beauties of Allan — as it is, they may per- 
haps only note his defects — or, what is worse, not note him at 
an. — But never mind them, honest Allan ; you are a credit to 
Caledonia for all that. — There are some lyrical effusions of his, 
too, which you would do well to read. Captain. ^ It 's hame, and 
it 's hame," is equal to Bums. 

Captain, I will take the hint. The club at Kennaquhair are 
turned fastidious since Catalani visited the Abbey. My " Poor- 
^ih Cauld** has been received both poorly and coldly, and ^ The 
Banks of Bonnie Doon'* have been positively coughed down — 
Tempora mutarUur, 

Author, They cannot stand still, they will change with all of 
us. What then ! 

« A man's a man for a' that." 

But the hour of parting approaches. 

Captain, You are determined to proceed then in your own 
system! Are you aware that an unworthy motive may be 
asrigned for this rapid succession of publication ! You will be 
supposed to work merely for the lucre of gain. 

Author, Supposing that I did permit the great adrantages 
which must be derived from success in literature, to join with 
other motives in inducing me to come more frequently before the 
jmUic, — that emolument is the voluntary tax whioh the public 
pays for a certain species of literary amusement — 'it is extorted 
from no one, and paid, I presume, by those only who can afford 
it, and who receive gratification in proportion to the expense. If 
the capital sum which these volumes have put into circulation be 
a very large one, has it contributed to my indulgence only ! or 
ttan I not say to hundreds, from honest Duncan the paper-manu- 
Iketiirer, to the most snivelling of the printer's devils, "Didst 
thou not share ! Hadst thou not fifteen pence !" I profess I 
think our Modem Athens much obliged to me for having esta- 
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suffrage comes in fashion, I intend to stand for a seat In t}M 
House on the interest of all the unwashed artifieers connected 
with literature. 

Captain, This would be called the language of a caUco-mani»^ 
faetnrer. 

Author, Cant again, my dear 86n — there is lime in this sack, 
too — nothing but sophistication in this world ! I do say it, in 
spite of Adam Smith and his followers, that a successful author 
is a productive labourer, and that his works constitute as effec- 
tual a part of the public wealth, as that which is created by aoy 
other manufacture. If a new commodity, having an actually 
intrinsic and commercial value, be the result of the operatioB^ 
why are the author's bales of books to be esteemed a less {profit- 
able part of the public stock than the goods of any other manu- 
facturer I I speak with reference to the diffusion of the wealth 
arising to the public, and the degree of industry which even such 
a trifling work as the present must stimulate and reward, before 
the volumes leave the publisher's shop. Without me it could not 
exist, and to this extent I -am a benefactor to the country. As for 
my own emolument, it is won by my toil, and I account myself 
answerable to Heaven only for the mode m which I expend it. 
The candid may hope it is not all dedicated to selfish purposes ; 
and, without much pretensions to merit in him who disburses it, 
a part may ** wander, heaven-directed, to the poor." 

Captain, Yet it is generally held base to write from the mers 
motives of gain.. 

Author, It would be base to do so exclusively, or even to 
make it a principal motive for literary exertion. Nay, I will 
venture to say, that no work of imagination, proceeding fipom the 
mere consideration of a certain sum of copynnoney, ever did, or 
ever will, succeed. So the lawyer who pleads, the soldier who 
fights, the physician who prescribes, the clergyman — if such there 
be — who preaches, without any zeal for his profession, or with- 
out any sense of its dignity, and merely on account of the fee, 
pay, or stipend, degrade themselves to the rank of sordid mecha- 
nics. Accordingly, in the ease of two of the learned faculties 
at least, their services are considered as unappreeiable, and 
are acknowledged, not by any exact estimate oi the services 
rendered, but by a honorarium, or voluntary acknowledgment. 
But let a client or patient make the experiment of omitting 
this little ceremony of the honorarium, which is cense to be a 
thing entirely out of consideration between them, and mark 
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tapKPiy it is the same thing with literary emoloment No man of 
sense, in any rank of life, is, or ought to be, above accepting a 
just recompense for his time, and a reasonable share of the capi- 
tal which owes its very existence to his exertions. When Czar 
Peter wrooght in the trenches, he took the pay of a conmion 
soldier ; and nobles, statesmen, and divines, the most dbtinguished 
of their time, have not scorned to square accounts with their 
bookseller. 
Captain. (Sing$,) 

" Oh, if it were a mesn thing, 

The gentles would not use it ; 
And if it were ungodly, - 

The clergy would refuse it*' 

Author^ You say welL But no man of honour, genius, or 
^irit, would make tiie mere love of gain, the chief, far less the 
<mly, purpose of his labours. For myself, I am not displeased to 
find the game a winning one ; yet while I pleased the public, I 
should probably continue it merely for the pleasure of playing ; 
for I have felt as strongly as most folks that love of composition, 
idiich is perlu^ the strongest of all instincts, driving the author 
to the pen, the painter to the pallet, often without either the 
chance of fame or the prospect of reward* Perhaps I have said 
too much of this. I might, perhaps, with as much truth as most 
people, exculpate m3naelf from the charge of being either of a 
greedy or mercenary disposition ; but I am not, therefore, hypo- 
crite enough to disclaim the ordinary motives, on account of 
which the whole world around me is toiling unremittingly, to the 
sacrifice of ease, comfort, health, and life. I do not affect the 
disinterestedness of that ingenious association of gentlemen men- 
tioned by Groldsmith, who sold their magazine for sixpence a-piece, 
merely for their own amusement. 

Captain. I have but one thing more to hint — The world say 
you will run yourself out. 

Author. The world say true : and what then ! When they 
dance no longer, I will no longer pipe ; and I shall not want 
flappers enough to remind me of the apoplexy. 

Captain. And what will become of us then, your poor family I 
We shall fiUl into contempt and oblivion. 

Author, hike many a poor fellow, already overwhelmed with 
the number of his family, I cannot help going on to increase it — 
* 'Tis my vocation, Hal.** — Such of you as deserve oblivion — 
perhaps the whole of you — may be consigned to it At any 
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said of some of your contemporaries, of less fortune aqd mpn^ 
merit. They cannot say but that you hcui the crown. U iq 
always something to have engaged the public attention for seven 
years. Had I only written Waverley, I should have long since 
been, according to the established phrase, *' the ingenious author 
of a novel much adipired sLp the time." J believe, on my soul, 
th^ th^ reputation of W^verley is sustained very much by th^ 
praises of those, who may be inclined to prefer that tale to it^ 
successors. 

Captain. You are willing, then, to barter future reputation for 
present popularity ! 

Author. Meliora spero, Horace himself expected not to sur- 
vive in all his works — I may hope to live in some of mine ; — 
non emnif moriar. It is some consolation to reflect, th^ the^b^t 
authors in all countries have been the most voluminous ; m^ \t 
has often happened, that those who have been best received in* 
their own time, have also continued to be acceptable to posterity. 
I do not think so ill of the present generation, as to suppose that 
its present favour necessarily infers future condemnation. 

Captain. Were all to act on such prinoipleQ, the public would 
be inundated. 

Author. Once more, my dear son, beware of cant Yoi:^ 
speak as if the public were obliged to read books merely beoaus^ 
they are printed — your friends the booksellers would thank }'ov^ 
to make the proposition goo^. The most serious grievance 
attending such inundations as you talk of, is, that they make Ycag» 
dear. The multiplicity of publications does the present age no 
harm, and may greatly advantage that which is to succeed us. 

Captain. I do not see how that is to happen. 

Author. The complamta in the time of Elizabeth sad 
James, of the alarming fertility of the press, were as loud as they 
axe at present — yet look at the shore over which the inundation 
of that age flowed, and it resembles now ih» Rich Strand of the 
Faery Queen 4— 

— — " Bestrew'd all with rich array. 
Of pe^rl aad precious st^pe^ of great amy ; 
Au4 all t|ie gravel mix'd with golden ore '* 

Believe me, that even m the most neglected works of tde pffeaon^ 
age, the next may discover treasures. 

Captain. Some books will defy all alchymy. 

Author. They will be but few in number; since, ^ for 
writers, who are possessed of no merit at all, unless indeed they 
publish their works at their own expense, like Sir IUchaf4i 



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Blackinore, their power of annoying the puhlic will he soon 
limited by the difficulty of finding undertaking booksellers. 

Captain, You are incorrigible. Are there no bounds to yoor 
audacity I 

Author, There are the sacred and eternal boundaries of 
honour and virtue. My course is like the enchanted chamber of 
Britomart — 

** Where as she look'd about, she did behold 
How over that same door was likewise writ. 
Be Bold — Be Bold, and every wh^ Be Bold. 
Whereat she mused, and could not construe it ; 
At last she spied at that room's upper end 
Another iron door, on which was writ— 

B« NOT TOO BOLD.'* 

Captain, WeU, you must take the risk of proceeding on your 
own principles. 

Aittkor. Do you act on yours, and take care you do not stay 
idling here till the dinner hour is over. — I will add this work to 
your patrimony, vaUait quantum. 

Here our dialogue terminated ; for a Uttle sooty-faced ApoUyon 
from the Canongate came to demand the proof-sheet on the part 
of Mr M'Corkindale ; and I heard Mr C. rebuking Mr F. in 
another compartment of the same labyrinth I have described, for 
suffering any one to penetrate so far into the penetralia of their 
temple. 

I leave it to you to form your own opinion concerning the 
import of this dialogue, and I cannot but believe I shall meet the 
wishes of our common parent in prefixing this letter to the work 
which it concerns. 

I am, reverend and dear Sir, 

Very mncerely and affectionately 

Yours, &c. &c. 

CUTHBE&T ClUTTBBBVCK. 



ILKMMABOBAIB, Ui April, 1822. 



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CHAPTER L 

Now Scot and EDgliih are agreed. 

And Saunders hastes to cross the Twe ed , 

Where, such the q>lendours that attend hiu^ 

His very mother scarce had kend him. 

His metamorphosis behold. 

From Glasgow frieie to cloth of gold; 

His back-sword, with the iron hut, 

To rapier, &irly hatcb'd and gilt ; 

Was ever seen a gallant braver I 

His very bonnet *8 grown a beaver. 

The S^flormaikm* 

Thb long-oontmoed hostilities which had for oentones sefMi- 
rated the south and the north divisions of the Island of Britain, 
had been happily terminated by the succession of the paciJBc 
James I. to the English Crown. But although the united crown 
of England and Scotland was worn by the same indiridnal, it 
required a long lapse of time, and the succession of more than 
one generation, ere the inveterate national prejudices which had 
80 long existed betwixt the sister kingdoms were removed, and 
the subjects of either side of the Tweed brought to regard those 
upon the opposite bank as friends and as brethren. 

These prejudices were, of course, most inveterate during the 
reign of King James. The English subjects accused him of 
partiality to those of his ancient kingdom ; while the Scots, with 
equal injustice, charged him with having forgotten the land of his 
nativity, and with neglecting those eany friends to whose alle- 
giance he had been so much indebted. 

The temper of the King, peaceable even to timidity, inclined 
him perpetually to interfere as mediator between the contending 
&ctions, whose brawls disturbed the court. But, notwithstand- 
ing all his precautions, historians have recorded many instances, 
where the mutual hatred of two nations, who, after being enemies 
for a thousand years, had been so very recently united, broke 
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spreading from the highest to the lowest classes, as it occasioned 
debates in council and parliament, factions in the court, and duels 
among the gentry, was no less productive of riots and brawls 
amongst the lower orders. t 

While these heart-burnings were At the highest, there flourished 
in the city of London an ingenious, but whimsical and self- 
opinioned mechanic, much devoted to abstract studies, David 
Ramsay by name, who, whether recommended by his great skill 
in his profession, as the courtiers alleged, or, as was murmured 
among his neighbours, by his birthplace, in the good town of 
Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, held in James's household the post of 
maker of watches and horologes to his Majesty. He scorned not, 
however, to keep open shop within Temple-Bar, a few yards to 
the eastward of Saint Dunstan's Church. 

The shop of a London tradesman at that time, as it may be 
supposed, was something very different from those we now see 
in the same locality. The goods were exposed to sale in cases, 
only defended from the weather by a covering of canvass, and 
the whole resembled the stalls and booths now erected for the 
temporary accommodation of dealers at a country fair, rather 
than the establishecl emporium of a respectable citizen. But 
most of the shopkeepers of note, and David Ramsay amongst 
others, had their booth connected with a small apartment which 
opened backward from it, and bore the same resemblance to the 
front shop that Robinson Crusoe's cavern did to the tent which 
he erected before it. To this Master Ramsay was often accus- 
tomed to retreat to the labour of his abstruse calculations ; for 
he aimed at improvement and discoveries in his own art, and 
sometimes pushed his researches, like Napier, and other mathe- 
maticians of the period, into abstract science. When thus engaged, 
he left the outer posts of his commercial establishment to be 
maintained by two stout-bodied and strong-voiced apprentices, 
who kept up the cry of, " What d'ye lack ? what d'ye lack V* ac- 
companied viith the appropriate recommendations of the articles, 
in which tliey dealt. This direct and personal application for 
custom to those who chanced to pass by, is now, we believe, 
limited to Monmouth Street, (if it still exists even in that reposi- 
tory of ancient garments,) under the guardianship of the scattered 
remnant of Israel. But at the time we are speaking of, it was 
practised alike by Jew aud Grentile, and served, instead of all our 
present newspaper puffs and advertisements, to solicit the atten- 
tion of the public in general, and of iriends in particular, to the 
unrivalled excellence of the goods, which they offered to sale 
upon such easy terms, that it might fairly appear that the venders 
had rather a view to the general service of the public, thaif to 
their own particular advantage. 

The verbal proclaimers of the excellence of their commodities, 
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adapt their address to the peeuliar appearance and apparent taste 
of the passeagers. [This, as we have said, was also the case in ' 
M<Himoath Street in our remembrance. We have ourselves been 
reminded of the deficiencies of our femoral habihments, and 
exhorted upon that score to fit ourselves more beseemingi j ; btit 
this is a digresekm.} This direct and personal mode of invita- 
tion to customers became, however, a dangerous temptation to 
the yeimg wags who were employed in the task of solicitation 
during the absence of tiie principal person interested in the 
traffic ; and, confiding in their numbers and civic union, the 
'prentices of London were often seduced into taking liberties with 
the passengers, and exercising their wit at the expense of those 
wh<Hn tiiey had no hopes of converting into customers by their 
eloquence. If this were resented by any act of violence, the 
inmates of each shop were ready to pour forth in succour ; and in 
the words of an old song which Dr Johnson was used to hum, — 

*' Up then row the *prenticet all. 
Living in London, lx)tli proper and tall.'* 

Deq>erate riots often arose on such occasions, especially when 
the Templars, or other youths connected with the aristocracy, 
were insuhed, or conceived themselves to be so. Upon such 
oocasionsy bare steel was frequently opposed to the clubs of the 
citizens, and death sometimes ensued on both sides. The tardy 
and inefficient police of the time had no other resource than by 
the Aiderman of the warduiaUing out the householders, and 
putting a stop to the strife by overpowering numbers, as the 
Capukts and Montagues are separated upon the stage. 

At the period when such was the universal custom of the most 
respectable, as well as the most inconsiderable, shopkeepers in 
London, David Ramsay, on the evening to which we soUcit the 
attention of the reader, retiring to more abstruse and private 
Ubours, left the administration of his outer shop, or booth, to the 
aforesaid sharp-witted, active, able-bodied, and well-voiced ap- 
prentices, namely, Jenkin Vincent and Frank Tunstall. 

Vincent had been educated at the excellent foundation of 
Christ* s-Church Hospital, and was bred, therefore, as well as 
bom, a Londoner, with all the acuteness, address, and audacity, 
which belong peculiarly to the youth of a metropoUs. He was 
now about twenty years old, short in stature, but remarkably 
strong made, eminent for his feats upon holidays at foot-ball, and 
other gymnastic exercises; scarce rivalled in the broadsword pUy, 
though hitherto only exeroieed in the form of single-stick. He 
knew every lane, blind alley, and sequestered court of the ward, 
better than hi« Catechism ; waa alike active in his master's affairs, 
and in his own adventures of fun and mischief; and so managed 
matters, that the credit he acquired by the former bore him out, 
or at least served for his apology, when the latter propenmty led 
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they had hitherto inferred nothing mean or discreditable. Some 
aberrations there were, which David Ramsay, his master, endea- 
voured to reduce to regular order when he discovered them, and 
others which he winked at — supposing them to answer the pur- 
pose of the escapement of a wateh, which disposes of a certain 
quantity of the extra power of that mechanical impulse which 
puts the whole in motion. 

The physiognomy of Jin Vin — by which abbreviation he waa 
familiarly known through the ward — corresponded with the 
sketeh we have given of his character. His head, upon which 
his 'prentice's &,% cap was generally flung in a careless and 
oblique fashion, was closely covered with thick hair of raven 
black, which curled naturally and closely, and would have grown 
to great length, but for the modest custom enjoined by his state, 
of life, and strictly enforced by his master, which compeUed him 
to keep it short-cropped, — not unreluctantly, as he looked with 
envy on the flowing ringlets, in which the courtiers, and aristo- 
cratic students of the neighbouring Temple, began to indulge 
themselves, as marks of superiority and of gentihty. Vincent's 
eyes were deep set in his head, of a strong vivid black, full of 
fire, roguery, and intelligence, and conveying a humorous expres- 
sion, even while he was uttering the usual small-talk of his trade, 
as if he ridiculed those who were disposed to give any weight to 
his commonplaces. He had address enough, however, to add 
little touches of his own, which gave a turn of drollery even to 
this ordinary routine of the booth ; and the alacrity of his manner 
— his ready and obvious wish to oblige — his intelligence and 
tjivility, when he thought civility necessary, made him a universal 
favourite with his master's customers. His features were far 
from regular, for his nose was flattish, his mouth tending to the 
larger size, and his complexion inclining to be more dark than 
was then thought consistent with masculine beauty. But, in 
despite of his having always breathed the air of a crowded city, 
his complexion had me ruddy and manly expression of redundant 
health ; his turned-up nose gave an air of spirit and raillery to 
what he said, and seconded the laugh of his eyes ; and his wide 
mouth was garnished with a pair of well-formed and well-coloured 
lips, which, wlien he laughed, disclosed a range of teeth strong 
and well set, and as white as the very pearl. Such was the 
elder a{)fMrentice of David Ramsay, Memory's Monitor, wateh- 
maker, and constructor of h(»x)loges, to his Most Sacred Majesty 
James I. 

Jenkin's companion was the younger apprentice, though, per- 
haps, he might be the elder of tiie two in years. At any rate, 
he was of a much more staid and composed temper. Francit 
Tunstall was of that ancient and proud descent who claimed the 
style of the ** unstained ;" because, amid the various chances of 
the long and bloody wars of the Roses, they had, with undevia- 
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•riginaUy attached themselves. The meanest sfyrig of soch a 
tree attached importance to the root from which it derived 
itself ; and Tmistall was supposed to nourish in secret a pro- 
portion of ihaX family pride, which had extorted tears from his 
widowed and almost indigent mother, when she saw herself 
obliged to consign him to a line of life inferior, as her prejudices 
suggested, to the course held by his progenitors. Yet, with all 
this aristocratic prejudice, his master found the well-bom youth 
more docile, regular, and strictly attentive to his duty, than his 
far more active and alert comrade. Tunstall also gratified his 
master by the particular attention which He seemed disposed to 
bestow on the abstract principles of science connected with the 
trade which he was bound to study, the limits of which were 
daily enlarged with the increase of mathematical science. 

Vincent beat his companion beyond the distance-post, in every 
thing like the practical adaptation of thorough practice, in the 
ilexterity of hand necessary to execute the mechanical branches 
of the art, and double-distanced him in all respecting the com- 
mercial a£fairs of the shop. StiU David Ramsay was wont to 
say, tiuit if Vincent knew how to do a thing the better of the 
two, Tunstall was much better acquainted wi& the principles on 
which it ought to be done ; and he sometimes objected to the latter, 
that he knew critical excellence too well ever to be satisfied with 
practical mediocrity. 

The disposition of Tunstall was shy, as well as studious ; and, 
though perfectly civil and obliguig, he never seemed to feel him- 
self in his place while he went through the duties of the shop. 
He was tall and handsome, witli fair ha,vc, and well-foraied limb«, 
good features, well opened light blue eyes, a straight Grecian 
nose, and a countenance which expressed both good-humour and 
intelligence, but qualified by a gravity unsuitable to his years, 
and which almost amounted to dejection. He lived on the best 
terms with his companion, and readily stood by him whenever 
he was engaged in any of the frequent skirmishes, which, as we 
have already observed, often disturbed the city of London about 
this period. But though Tunstall was allowed to understand 
quarter-staff (the weapon of the North country) in a superior 
degree, and though he was naturally both strong and active, his 
interference in such affrays seemed always matter of necessity ; 
and, as he never voluntarily ioined either their brawls or their 
sports, he held a far lower place in the opinion of the youth of 
the ward than his hearty and active friend Jin Vin. Nay, had 
it not been for the interest made for his comrade, by tlie inter- 
cession of Vincent, Tunstall would have stood some chance of 
being altogether excluded from the society of his contemporaries 
of the same condition, who called him, in scorn, the Cavaliero 
Cuddy, and the Gentle Tunstall. Qn the other hand, the lad 
himself, deprived of the fresh air in which he had been broujflit 
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tomed, while the inhabitant of his native mansion, lost gradually 
the freshness of his complexion, and, without shewing any 
symptoms of disease, grew more thin and pale as he grew older, 
and at length exhibited the appearance of indiflerent health, 
without any thing of the habits and complaints of an invalid, 
excepting a disposition to avoid society, and to spend his leisure 
time in private study, rather than mingle in the sports of hlB 
companions, or even resort to the theatres, then the genet^ 
rendezvous of his class ; where, according to high authority, they 
fought for haJf-bitten apples, cracked nuts, and filled the nppef 
gallery with their clamours. 

Such were the two youths who called David Ramsay mitoter ; 
and with both of whom he used to fret from morning till night, 
as their peculiarities interfered with his own, or with the qoiet 
and beneficial course of his traflSc. 

Upon the whole, however, the youths were attached to theh^ 
master, and he, a good-natured, though an absent and whimsical 
man, was scarce less so to them ; and, when a little warmed with 
wine at an occasional junketing, he used to boast, in his northern 
dialect, of his ^ twa bonny lads, and the looks that the court ladies 
threw at them, when visiting his shop in their caroches, when on 
a frolic into the city." But David Ramsay never failed, at the 
same time, to dra^ up his own tail, thin, lathy skeleton, extend 
his lean jaws into an alarming grin, and indicate, by a nod of his 
yard-long visage, and a twinkle of his little gray eye, that there 
niidit be more feces in Fleet-Street worth looking at than those 
of Frank and Jenkin. His old neighbour, Widow Simmons, the 
sempstress, who had served, in her day, the very tip-top revellers 
of the Temple, with ruffs, cuffs, and bands, distinguished more 
deeply the sort of attention paid by the females of quality, who so 
regularly visited David Ramsay's shop, to its inmates. ** The boy 
Frank," she admitted, " used to attract the attention of the yoang 
ladies, as having something gentle and downcast in his looks ; but 
then he could not better himself, for the poor youth had not a 
word to throw at a dog. Now Jin Vin was so full of his gibes 
and his jeers, and so willing, and so ready, and so serviceable, 
and so mannerly all the while, with a step that sprung like a 
buck's in Epping Forest, and liis eye that twinkled as blaek as a 
gipsy's, that no woman who knew ^e world would make a Com- 
parison betwixt the lads. As for poor neighbour Ramsay himself, 
the man," she said, << was a civil neighbour, and a learned man, 
doubtless, and might be a rich man if he had common sense to 
back his learning ; and doubtless, for a Scot, neighbour RamSay 
was nothing of a bad man, but he was so constantly grimed 
with smoke, gilded with brass filings, and smeared with lamp- 
black and oil, that Dame Sinunons judged it would require his 
whole shopful of watehes to induce any feasible womtm to 
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A still higher authority, Dame Ursula, wife to Benjamin- 
Suddlechop, Uie barber, was of exaxstly the same opinion. 

Such were, in natural qualities and public estimation, the two 
youths, who, in a fine April day, having first rendered their dutt- 
fol serrioe and attendance on the table of their master and his 
daughter, at their dinner at one o'clock, — Such, ye lads of 
London, was the severe discipline undergone by your predeces- 
sors! — and having regaled themselves upon tiie fragments, in 
company with two female domestics, one a cook, and maid of all 
work, the other called Mistress Margaret's maid, now relieved 
their master in the duty of the outward shop ; and agreeably to 
the established custom, were soliciting, by their entreaties and 
recommendations of their master's manufiicture, the attention and 
encouragement of the passengers. 

In this species of service it may be easily supposed that Jenkin 
'Vincent left his more reserved and bashful comrade far in the 
background. The latter could only articulate with difficulty, and 
as an act of duty which he was rather ashamed of discharging, 
the established words of form — " What d' ye Uck I — What d' ye 
lack! — Clocks — watches — barnacles I — What d'ye lack I — 
Watches — clocks — barnacles 1 — What d* ye lack, sir I What 
d* ye lack, madam ! — Barnacles — watches — clocks !" 

Bat this dull and dry iteration, however varied by diversity of 
verbal arrangement, sounded flat when mingled with the rich and 
recommendatory oratory of the bold-faced, deep-mouthed, and 
ready-witted Jenkin Vincent. — " What d' ye lack, noble sir I — 
What d' ye lack, beauteous madam t" he said, in a tone at once 
hfAd and soothing, which often was so applied as both to gratify 
the persons addressed, and to excite a smile from other hearers. 

— ** God bless your reverence," to a beneficed clergyman ; " the 
Greek and Hebrew have harmed your reverence's eyes — Buy a 
pair of David Ramsay's barnacles. The King — God bless his 
Sacred Majesty ! — never reads Hebrew or Greek without them." 

** Are you well avised of that V said a fat parson from the 
Yale of Evesham. *^ Nay, if the Head of the Church wears 
them, — God bless his Sacred Majesty ! — T will try what they 
can do for me; for I have not been able to distinguish one 
Hebrew letter from another, since — I cannot remember the time 

— when I had a bad fever. Choose me a pair of his most Sacred 
Majesty's own wearing, my good youth," 

<* This is a p^, and please your reverence," said Jenkins, pro- 
ducing a pair of spectacles which he touched with an air of great 
deference and respect, *' which his most blessed Majesty ]Maoed 
this day three weeks on his own blessed nose ; and would have 
kept them for his own sacred use, but that the setting bein^, as 
your reverence sees, of the purest jet, was, as his Sacred Majesty 
inuB pleased to say, fitter for a bishop, than for a secular prince." 

^ His Sacred Majesty the King" said the worthy divine, ** was 
efer a very Daniel in his judgment. Give me the barnacles, my 

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good yoath, and who can say what nose they may bestride in two 
years hei;u^1 — our reverend brother of Gloucester waxes in 
years." He then pulled out his purse, paid for the spectacles, 
and left the shop with even a more important step than that 
which had paused to enter it. 

'^ For shame/' said Tunstall to his companion ; ^ these gl^^sea 
will never suit one of his years." 

^ You are a fool, Frank," said Vincent, in reply ; *' had the 
good doctor wished glasses to read with, he would have tried 
them before buying. He does not want to look through them 
himself, and these will serve the purpose of being looked at by 
other folks, as well 9^ the best magnifiers in the shop. — What 
d'ye lack !" he cried, resuming his solicitations. ** Mirrors for 
your toilette, my pretty madam; your head-gear is something 
awry — pity, since it is so well fancied." The woman stopped 
and bought a mirror. — "What d'ye lack! — a watch. Master 
Sergeant — a watch that will go as long as a lawsuit, as steady 
and true as your pwn eloquence !" 

^ Hold your peace, sir," answered the Knight of the Coif, who 
was disturbed by Yin's address whilst in deep consultation with 
ay. eminent attorney ; ** hold your peace ! i ou are the loud^t- 
tongued yarlet betwixt the Devil's Tavern and Guildhall." 

** A watch," reiterated the undaunted Jenkin, " that shall not 
lose thirteen minutes in a thirteen years' lawsuit. — He's out of 
hearing — A watch with four wheels and a bar-movement — a 
watch that shall tell you. Master Poet, how long the patience of 
the audience will endure your next piece at the Black Bull." 
The bard laughed, and fumbled in the pocket of his slops till he 
chased into a comer, and fiurly caught, a small piec^ of coin. 

'^ Here is a tester to cherish thy wit, good boy," he said. 

** Gramercy," said Yin ; " at the next play of yours I vrill bring 
down a set of roaring boys that shall make aU the critics in the 
pit, and the gallants on the stage, civil, or else the curtain shall 
smoke for it" 

" Now, that I call mean," said Tunstall, '* to take the poor 
rhymer's money, who has so little left behind," 

** You are an owl, once again," said Yincent ; " if he has nothing 
left to buy cheese and radishesyhe will only dine a day the sooner 
with some patron or some player, for that is his fate nve days out 
of the seven. It is unnatural that a poet should pav for his own 
jH>t of beer ; I will drink his tester for him, to save hun from such 
shame; and when his third night comes round, he shall have 
penniworths for his coin I promise yon. — But here comes 
another-guess customer. Look at that strange fellow — see how 
he gapes at every shop, as if he would swallow tlie wares. — Oh ! 
Samt Dunstan has caught his eye ; pray God he swallow not the 
images. See how he stands astoni^ed, as old Adam and Eve 
ply their ding-dong ! Come, Frank, thou art a scholar ; constme 
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to diew Be 'b of gentle blood, Grod wot — his gray eyes, his yellow 
hair, his sword with a ton of iron in the handle — his gray thread- 
hare dosk — his step like a Frenchman — his kx^ like a Spaniard 
—a book at his girdle, and a broad dudgeon-dagger on the other 
aide, to shew him half-jpedant, half-boBy. How eaJl you that 
ptgeanA, Frank !" 

** A raw Scotsman," said Tunstall ; ''just oome q[>, I suppose, 
to help the rest of his countrymen to gnaw old England's bones ; 
a psfanerwonUy I redcon, to devour what the locust has spared.'* 

« £ven so, Frank," answered Yinocait ; *^ just as the poet sings 
sweetly,, — 

* Iir SeoMand he WM bom and brtd. 
And, though a beggar, must be fed.* " 

"" Hush !" said Tunstall, " remember our master." 

" Pshaw I" answered his mercurial companion ; ''he knows on 
which side hia bread is buttered, and I warrant you has not lived 
80 long among^ Englishmen, and by Englishmen, to quarrel with us 
for bearing, an En^idi mind. But see, our Soot has done gazing 
at Saint Dunstan's, and oomes our way. By this Ug^^ a proper 
lad and a sturdy, in spite of frei&les and son-bmming. — He 
coBies nearer still ; I wUl have at him." 

. " And» if you do,f* said his oomxade,. " yo« may get a broken 
head — he looks not as if he would carry coals." 

" A fig for your threat," said Vincent, and instantly addressed 
the stranger. " Buy a watch, most noble northern Thane — buy 
a watch, to count the hours of plenty since the blessed moment 
you left Berwick behind you. — Buy barnacles, to see the English 
gold lies ready for your gripe. — Buy what you will, you shall 
have credit for three days ; for, were your pockets as bare as 
Father Fergus's, you are a Scot in London, and you will be 
stocked in tlmt time." The stranger looked sternly at the waggish 
apprentice, and seemed to grasp his cudgel in rather a menacing 
fashion. " Buy phyac," said the undiumted Vincent, " if you 
will boy neither time nor Hght — physic for a proud stomach, sir ; 
— there is a 'pothecaiy's fihop on the other side of the way." 

Here the probationary disoiple of Galen, who stood at his 
Blaster's door in his flat cap and canvass sleeves, widi a large 
wooden pestle in^his hand, took up the ball which was flung to 
lam by Jenkin, wiA, "What d'ye ladt, sir I— Buy a choice 
Caledonian salve, Flos ndphmr, eum hutyro qucmt, tuff,'* 

" To be taken after a gentle rubbing-down with an English 
oaken towd," said Yineent. 

The bonny Scot had given full scope to the play of this small 
artillery of dty wit, by halting his statefy paee, and viewing grimly, 
first tiie one asmilant, and then the other, as if mena^ng either 
repartee or more vident revenge. But pMegm or prudence got 
the better of his indignation, and, tossing his head as one who 
valued not the raiUery to which he had been exposed, he walked 
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"> The Soot will not fight till he see hi» own blood," s^d Tnnstally 
whom his north of England extraction had made familiar with all 
manner of proverbs against those who lay yet farther north than 
himsdf. 

'' Faith, I know not," said Jenkin ; " he looks daiu^erons that 
fellow — ^he will hit some one over the noddle before he goes fiar. 
Hark ! — hark ! — they are rising." 

Accordingly, the well-known cry of, " 'Prentices — 'j[>rentioes — 
Clnbs — clubs !" now rang along Fleet Street ; and Jenkin snatch* 
ing up his weapon, which lay beneath the counter ready at the 
slightest notice, and calling to Tunstall to take his bat and f<^ow, 
leaped over the hatch-door which protected the outer-shop, and 
ran as fast as he could towards the affray, echoing the cry as he 
ran, and elbowing, or shoving aside, whoever stood in lus way. 
His comrade, first calling to his master to give an eye to the shop, 
followed Jenkin's example, and ran after him as fast as he could, 
but with more attention to the safety and convenience of others ; 
while old David Ramsay, * with hands and eyes uplifted, a ffreen 
apron before him, and a glass which he had been polishing mmst 
into his bosom, came forth to look after the safety of his goods and 
chattels, knowing, by old experience, that, when me cry <n ^ Qubs" 
onoe arose, he would have Uttle aid on the part of his apprentices* 



CHAPTER II. 

This, sir, is one among the Seignonr. 

Has wealth at will, and will to use his wealth, 

And wit to increase it. Marry, his worst folly 

Lies in a thriftless sort of charity, 

That goes a-gaddlng sometimes after objects. 

Which wise men will not see when thrust upon them. 

TheOidCoupU. ' 

The ancient gentleman bustled about his shop, in pettish dis- 
pleasure at being summoned hither so hastily, to the interruption 
of his more abstract studies ; and, unwilling to renounce the train 
of calculation which he had put in progress, he mingled whimsi- 
cally with the fragments of the aritiunetical operation, his oratory 
to the passengers, and angry reflections on his idle apprentices. 
'' What d* ye lack, sir ? Madam, what d* ye lack — clocks for hall 
or table — ^night-watches— day-watches I — Locking whed being 48 
— the power of retort 8 — the striking pins etre 48 — What d* ye 
lack, honoured sir 1 — The quotient — the multiplicand — That the 
knaves should have gone out at this blessed minute ! — the aecde- 
ration being at the rate of 5 minutes, 55 seconds, 53 thirds, 59 fourths 
— I will switch them both when they come back — I will, by the 
bones of the immortal Napier 1" 

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Here the vexed philosopher was interrapted by the entranee of 
a grave citizen of a most respectable appearance, who, saluting 
him familiarly by the name ^ Davie, my old acquaintance," de- 
manded what had put him so much out of sorts, and gave him at 
the same time a cordial grasp of his hand. 

The stranger's dress was, though grave, rather richer than 
usual. His paned hose were of black velvet, lined with purple 
silk, which garniture appeared at the slashes. His doublet was 
of purple cloth, and his short doak of black velvet to correspond 
with his hose ; and both were adorned with a great number of 
small silver buttons richly wroueht in filigree. A triple chain of 
gold hung roimd his neck ; and, m place of a sword or dagger, he 
wore at his belt an ordinary ki^e for the purpose of the table, 
with a small silver case, which appeared to contain writing mate- 
rials. He might have seemed some secretary or clerk engaged in 
the service of the public, only that his low, flat, and unadorned 
cap, and his well-blacked, shining shoes, indicated that he 
belonged to the city. He was a well-made man, about the middle 
size, and seemed firm in health, though advanced in years. His 
looks expressed sagacity and good-humour; and the air of 
respectability which his dress announced, was well supported by 
his dear eye, ruddy cheek, and gray hair. He used tiie Scottiim 
idiom in his first address, but in such a manner that it could 
hardly be distinguished whether he was passing upon his friend a 
6ort of jocose mockery, or whether it was his own native dialect, 
for his ordinary discourse had little provincialism. 

In answer to the queries of his respectable friend, Ramsay 
groaned heavily, answering by echoing back the question, 
" What ails me, Master Greorge I Why, every thing ails me I I 
Mofess to you that a man may as well live in Fairy^d as in the 
Ward of Farringdon- Without My apprentices are turned into 
mere goblins — they appear and disappear like spunkies, and 
have no more regularity in them than a watch without a scape- 
ment If there is a ball to be tossed up, or a bullock to be driven 
mad, or a quean to be ducked for scolding, or a head to be 
broken, Jenkin ia sure to be at the one end or the other of it, and 
then away ddpe Francis Tunstall for company. I think the 
prize-fighters, bear-leaders, and mountebanks, are in a league 
i^ainst me, my dear friend, and that they pass my house ten 
times for any other in the ci^. Here 's an Italian fellow come 
over, too, that they call Punchinello ; and, altogether *' 

^ Well," interrupted Master George, '< but what is all this to 
the present case !" 

** Why," replied Ramsay, " here has been a cry of thieves or 
murder, (1 hope that will prove the least of it amongst these 
Snglish pock-pudding swine !) and I have been interrupted in 
the deepest <»lculation ever mortal man plunged into, Master 
lieorge." 

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patience — Yon are a man that deals in time, and can make it go 
hmt and slow at pleasure ; you, yf all the world, hare least reasonr 
to complain, if a little of it be lost now and Ihen. — But here 
come your boys, and bringing in a slain man betwixt them, I 
think — here has been serious mischief, I am afraid." 

<< The more misdiief, the better sport," said the crabbed old 
watchmaker. ^ I am blithe, though, that it *s neither of the tw» 
loons themselves. — What are ye brinnng a corpse here for, ye 
fause vilkuns !" he added, addresmng &e two apprentices, who, 
at the head of a considerable mob of their own class, some of 
whom bore evident marics of a recent fray, were carrying the 
body betwixt them. 

** He is not dead yet, sir," answered Tunstall. 

<* Carnr him into the apothecary^ then," replied his master. 
** D* ye think I can set a man's life in motion again, as if he were 
a clock or a time-piece 1" 

** For godsake, old friend," said his acquaintance, << let us have 
him here at the nearest — he seems only in a swoon." 

''A swoon!" said Ramsay, ''and what business had he to 
swoon in the streets ! Only, if it will oblige my friend Master 
George, I would take in all the dead men in St IHrnstan's parish. 
Call Sam Porter to look after the 8h<^" 

So saying, the stunned man, beine the identical Scotsman who 
had passed a short time before amidst the jeers <^ the appren- 
tices, was carried into the back shop of the artist, and there 
placed in an armed chair till the apothecary from over the way 
came to his assistance. This gentieman, as sometimes happens 
to those of the learned professions, had rather more lore than , 
knowledge,- and began to talk of the sinciput and occiput, and 
cerebrum and cerebellum, i^til he exhausted David Ramsay's 
brief stock of patience. 

** Bell-um ! bell-ell-um !" he repeated, with great indignation ; 
** What signify all the bells in London, if you do not put a 
plaster on the chield's croVn 1" 

Master George, with better-directed zeal, asked the apothecary 
whether bleeding might not be useful ; when, after humming and 
hawing for a moment, and being unable, upon the spur of the 
occasion, to suggest any thing else, the man of pharmacy 
observed, that it would, at all events, relieve the brain or cere- 
brum, in case there was a tendency to the depositation of any 
extra vasated blood, to operate as a pressure upon that delicate 
organ. Fortunately he was adequate to performing this opera- 
tion ; and, being powerfully aided by Jenkin Vincent (who was 
learned in all cases of broken heads) with plenty of cold water, 
and a little vinegar, applied according to the scientific method 
practised by the bottie-holders in a modem ring, the man began 
to raise hunself on his chair, draw his cloak tightiy around mm, 
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** tie hlid better lie down on the bed in liie Httie back doeet," 
«aid Mr Ramsay's visiter, who itemed perfectly familiar With the 
accommodations which the house afforded. 

'^ He is welcome to my share of the truckle/' said Jenkin, — 
for in the said bade closet were ihe two apprentices accommo- 
dated in one truckle-bed, — '' I can sleep under the counter." 

** So can I," said Tunstall, '' and the poor fellow can have the 
bed aU night." 

" l^eep," sidd the apothecary, <* b, in the q>inion of Galen, a 
restorative and febrifuge, and is most naturally taken in a truckle- 
bed." 

^ Where a better cannot be come by," said Master George ; 
^ but these are two honest lads, to give up their beds so willingly. 
Come, off with his cloak, and let us b^ him to his couch — I 
will send for Dr Irving the king's daimrgeon — he does not Uve 
t&r off, and liiat shall 1^ my shaxe of the Samaritan's duty, neigh- 
bour Ramsay." 

" Wdl, sir," said the apothe<»ry, '' it is at your pleasure to 
send for other advice, and I shall not object to consult with Dr 
Irving or any other medical person of skill, neither to continue 
to furnish such drugs as may be needful from my pharmacopeia. 
However, whatever Dr Irving, who, I ^ink, hath had his degrees 
in Edinburgh, or Dr Any^one-beside, be he Scottish or Engli^ 
may say to the ccmtrary, sleep, taken timeously, is a febrifuge, or 
sedative, and also a restorative." 

He muttered a few more learned words, and concluded by 
informing Ramsay's friend in English far miyre intelligible than 
his Latin, that he would look to him as his paymaster, for medi- 
cines, care, and attendance, fumidied, or to be furnished, to this 
party unknown. 

Master Greorge only replied by desiring him to send his bill tot 
what he had already to charge, and to give himself no farther 
trouble unless he heard from him. The pharmacopolist, who, 
from discov^es made by the cloak falling a little a»de, had no 
great opSnicm of the fkculty of ihm chance patient to make reim- 
bursement, had no sooner seen his case espoused by a substan^l 
dtizen, than he shewed some reluctance to quit possession of it, 
and it needed a short and stem hint from Master G^rge, which, 
with all his ^d-humour, he was capable of expressing when 
occasion required, to send to his own dwelling this Esculapius of 
Temple-bar. 

When they were rid of Mr Raredrench, the charitable efforts 
oS Jenkin and Francis, to divest the patient of bis long gray 
ck)ak, were iSrmly resisted on his own part. — " My life suner — 
my life sutler," he muttered in indistinct mUrmurs. In these 
efforts to ret^n his upper garment, which was too tender to 
resisi much handling, it gave way at length with a loud rent, 
which almost threw the patient into a second syncope, and he 
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wretchedness of which moved at once pity and laughter, and had 
certainly heen the cause of his unwillingness to resign the maniley 
which, like the virtue of charity, served to cover so many imper- 
fections. 

The man himself cast his eyes on his povertynstruck garb, and 
seemed so much ashamed of the disclosure, that, muttering 
between his teeth, that he would be too late for an appointment, 
he made an effort to rise and leave the shop, which Was easily 
prevented by Jenkin Vincent and his conurade, who, at the nod 
of Master Greorge, laid hold of and detained him in hb chair. 
The patient next looked sound him for a moment, and then said 
faintly, in his broad northern language — *' What sort of usage 
ca' ye this, gentlemen, to a stranger a sojourner in your town f 
Ye hae broken my head — ye hae riven my cloak, and now ye 
are for restraining my personal liberty ! They were wiser thaa 
me," he said, after a moment's pause, ^ that counselled me t(i 
wear my warst claithing in the streets of London ; and, if I could 
have got ony things warse than these mean gtuments," — (^ which 
would have been very difficult,** said Jin Yin, in a whisper to his 
companion,) — ** they would have been e'en ower gude for the 
grips o' men sae little acquented with the laws of honest civility." 

^ To say ihe truth,'* said Jenkin, unable to forbear any longer, 
although the discipline of ihe times prescribed to those in his 
situation a degree of respectful distance and humility in the pre- 
sence of parents, masters, or seniors, of which the present age has 
no idea — " to say the truth, the good gentleman's clothes look as 
if they would not brook much handling.** 

** Hold your peace, young man,** said Master Greorge, with a 
tone of authority ; ** never mock the stranger or the poor — the 
black ox has not trod on your foot yet — you know not what 
lands you may travel in, or what clothes you may wear, before 
you die." 

Vincent held down his head and stood rebuked, but the stranger 
did not accept the apology which was made for him. 

^I am a stranger, sir," said he, '^that is certain; though 
methinks, that, being such, I have been somewhat familiarly 
treated in this town of yours ; — but, as for my being poor, I 
think I need not be charged with poverty, till I seek sUIer of 
somebody.** 

** The dear country all over,*' said Master George, in a whisper, 
to David Ramsay, " pride and poverty.** 

But David had taken out his tablets and silver pen, and, deeply 
immersed in calculations, in which he rambled over all the terms 
of arithmetic, from the simple unit to millions, billions, and 
trillions, neither heard iaor answered the observation of his 
friend, who, seeing his abstnCction, turned again to the Scot. 

^ I fancy now. Jockey, if a stranger were to offer you a noble^ 
you would chuck it back at his head ?" 

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* I am willing to do what I may to be useful, though I eome of 
an honourable house, and may be said to be in a sort indifferently 
weel provided for." 

^ Ay !" said the interrogator, ^ and what house may claim the 
honour of your descent V* 

^ An ancient coat belongs to it, as the play says," whispered 
Vincent to his companion. 

''Come, Jockey, out with it," continued Master George, 
observing that the Scot, as usirnl with his countrymen, when 
asked a blunt, straightforward question, took a little tune before 
answering it. 

''I am no more Jockey, or, than you are John," said the 
stranger, as if offended at being addrei^ed by a name, which at 
that time was used, as Sawney now is, for a general appellative 
of the Scottish nation. ''My name, if you must know it, is 
Richie Moniplies ; and I come of the old and honourable house of 
Castle Collop, weel kend at the West-Port of Edinburgh." 

** What is that you call the West-Port !" proceeded the inter- 
rogator. 

** Why, an it like your honour," said Richie, who now, having 
recovered his senses sufficiently to observe the respectable exte- 
rior of Master Greorge, threw more civiUty into his manner than 
at first, " the West-Port is a gate of our city, as yonder brick 
arches at Whitehall form the entrance of the King's palace here, 
only that the West-Port is of stonem work, and mair decorated 
with architecture and the policy of bigging." 

'^ Nouns, man, the Whitehall gateways were planned by the 
great Holbein," answered Master George ; " I suspect your acci- 
dent has jumbled your brains, my good friend. I suppose you 
will ^11 me next, you have at Edinburgh as fine a navigaUe river 
as the Thames, with all its shipping I" 

** The Thames !" exclaimed Richie, in a tone of ineffable con- 
tempt — " Grod bless your honour's judgment, we have at Edin- 
burgh the Water-of-Leith and the Nor-loch !" 

*^ And the Pow-Bum, and the Quarry-holes, and the Gusedub, 
fiuwe loon !" answered Master George, speaking Scotch with a 
strong and natural emphasis ; '' it is such landloupers as you, 
that, with your falset and fair fashions, bring reproach on our 
whole country." 

" Grod forgie me, sir," said Richie, much surprised at finding 
the supposed Southron converted into a native Scot, *^ I took your 
honour for an Englisher ! But I hope there was naething wrang 
in standing up for ane's ain country's credit in a strange land, 
where all men cry her down." 

** Do you call it for your country's credit, to shew that she has 
a lying, puffing rascal, for one of her children !" said Master 
George. " But come man, never look grave on it, — as you have 
found a countryman, so you have found a friend, if you deserve 
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<* I nee nae gade it wad do me to speak otight else but trath,*^ 
said the worthy North Briton. 

** Well, then — to begin,'* said Master Greorge, ** I suspect you 
are a son of old Mungo Moniplies, the flesher, at the West-Port '*^ 

" Your honour is a witch, I think," said Richie, grinning. 

** And how dared you, sir, to uphold him for a noble !" 

^ I dinna ken, sir," 'said Richie, scratching his head ; *^ I hear 
muckle of an Earl of Warwick in these southern parts, — Guy, I 
think his Uame was, — and he has great reputation here for slay- 
mg dun cows, and boars, and such Uke ; and I am sure ikiy father 
has killed more cows and boars, not to mention bulls, calves^ 
sheep, ewes, lambs, and pigs, than the haill Baronage of England." 

** (Jo to I you are a i£rewd knave," said Agister George j 
** charm your tongue, and take care of saucy answers. Your 
father was an honest burgher, and the deacon of his craft : I am 
sorry to see his son in so poor a coat." 

<^ Indifferent, sir," said Ridiie Moniplies, looking down on his 
garments — ** rery indifierent : but it is the wonted livery of poor 
burgher's sons in our country — one of Luckie Want's bestowing 
upon us -^ rest us patient ! The King's leaving Scotland has 
taken all custom frae Edinburgh ; and there is miy made at the 
Cross, and a dainty crop of fouats in the Grass-market There is 
as much grass grows where my father's stall stood, as might hav« 
been a good bite for the beasts he was used to kill." 

** It is even too true," said Master Greorge ; ** and while we 
make fortunes here, our old neighbours and their families are 
starving at home. This should he thought upon oftener. — And 
how came you by that broken head, Richie ! — tell me honestiy." 

" Troth, sir, I'se no lee about the matter," answered MonipKes. 
^ I was coming along the street here, and ilk ane was at me with 
their jests and roguery. So I thought to mysell, ye are ow^r 
mony for me to mell with ; but let me catch ye in Barford's 
Park, or at the fit of the Yennel, I could gar some of ye sing 
another sang. Sae ae auld hirpling deevil of a potter behoved 
just to step in my wa^ and offer me a pig, as he said, just to put 
my Scotch ointment m, and I gave him a push, as but natural^ 
and the tottering devil couped ower amang his ain pigs, and 
damaged a score of them. And tiien the r^rd raise, and hadna 
these twa gentlemen helped me out of it, murdered I suld bae 
been, without remeid. And as it was, just when they got hand of 
my arm to have me out of the fray, I got the Hck that don- 
nerit me from a left-handed lighterman." 

Master George looked to the apprentices as if to demand the 
truth of this story. 

" It is just as he says sir," replied Jenkin ; " only I heard 
nothing about pigs. — The people said he had broke some croc- 
kery, and that — I beg pardon, sir -^nobody could thrive within 
the kenning of a Scot" 

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help tbe weaker side — And yon, surah/' contanued Master 
George, addressing his countryman, ** will call at my house to 
morrow morning, agreeable to this direction." 

^ I will wait upon your honour," said the Soot, bowing very 
low ; ^ that is, if my honourable master will permit me/* 

** Thy master V* said George,— << Hast thou any other master 
save Want, whose Uvery you say you yretSt !" 

<* Troth, in one sense, if it please your honour, I serre twa 
masters," said Richie ; <* for both my master and me are slaves 
to that satne beldam, whom we thought to shew our heels to by 
coming off from Scotland. So that you see, sir, I hold in a sort 
of black ward tenure, as we call it in our country, being the 
servant of a servant." 

^ And what is your master's name !" said George ; and ob- 
serving that Richie hesitated, he added, '* Nay, do not tell me, if 
it is a secret." 

^ A secret that there is little use in keeping," said Richie ; 
^ onjly ye ken that our northern stomachs are ower proud to call 
in witnesses to our distress. No that my master is in mair than 
present pinch, su*," he added, looking towards the two English 
apprentices, ** having a large sum in the Royal Treasury — that 
is," he continued, in a whisper to Master Greorge, — ** the Kins is 
owing him a lot of siller ; but it's ill getting at it, it 's fike. — My 
master is the young Lord Glenvarlo<£." 

Master George' testified surprise at the name,*-^ Tou one of 
the young Lord Glenvarloch's followers, and in such a condi- 
tion !" 

** Troth, and I am all the followers he has, for the present that 
is ; and blithe wad I be if he were muckle better aff than I am, 
though I were to bide as I am." 

** I have seen his father with four gentlemen and ten lackeys at 
his heels," said Master George, '< rusthng in their laces and vel- 
vets. Well, this is a changeful world, but there is a better 
beyond it. — The sood old house of Glenvarloch, that stood by 
king and country five hundred years 1" 

** Your honour may say a thousand," said the foUower. 

^ I will say what I know to be true, friend," siud the citizen, 
**and notaw<Hrd more. — You seem well recovered now — can 
you walk 1" 

** Bravely, sir," said Richie ; ** it was but a bit dover. I was 
bred at the West-Port, and my cantle will stand a ck>ur wad bring 
a stot down." 

** Where does your master lodge 1" 

" We pit up, an it like your honour," replied the Scot, ** in a 
una' house at the fit of ane of the wynds that gang down to the 
water side, with a decent man, John Christie, a ship-chandler, as 
they ca't. His father came from Dundee. I wotna the name of the 
^Tnd, but it 's right anent the mickle kirk yonder ; and your 
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Mr Nigel Olifaunt, as keeping ourselves retired for the present, 
though in Scotland we be called the Lord NieeL" 

*' It is wisely done of your master/' said me citizen. ^ I wiU 
find out your lodgings, though your direction be none of the 
clearest." So saying, and slipping a piece of money at the same 
time into Richie Moniplies's hand, he bade him hasten home, and 
get into no more affrayl^. 

*' I will take care of that now, sir," said Richie, with a look of 
importance, " having a charge about me. And so, wussing ye a' 
weel, with special thanks to these twa young gentiemen *' 

^ I am no gentleman,'* said Jenkin, flinging his cap on his 
head ; ^ I am a tight London prentice, and hope to be a freeman 
one day. Frank may write himself gentieman if he will." 

^ I W€u a gentleman once," said Tunstall, *^and I hope I have 
done nothing to lose the name of one." 

^ Weel, weel, as ye list," said Richie Moniplies ; '' but I am 
mickle beholden to ye baith — and I am not a hair the less like 
to bear it in mind that I say but littie about it just now. — Gude- 
night to you, my kind countryman." So saying, he thrust out of 
the sleeve of his ragged doublet a long bony hand and arm, on 
which the muscles rose like whip-cord. Master Greorge shook it 
heartily, while Jenkin and Frank exchanged sly looks with each 
other. 

Richie Moniplies would next have addressed his thanks to the 
master of the shop, but seeing him, as he afterwards said, ^ scrib- 
bling on his bit bookie, as & he were demented," he contented 
his politeness with *^givisg him a hat," touching, that is, his 
bonnet, in token of salutation, and so left the shop. 

^ Now, there goes Scotch Jockey, with all his bad and good 
about him," said Master Greorge to Master David, who suspended, 
though unwillingly, the calculations with which he was engaged, 
and keeping his pen within an inch of the tablets, gazed on his 
friend with great lack-lustre eyes, which expressed any thing 
rather than intelligence or interest in the discourse addressed to 
liim. — **That fellow," proceeded Master George, without heeding 
his friend's state of abstraction, " shews, with great liveliness of 
colouring, how our Scotch pride and poverty make liars and 
braggarts of us ; and yet the knave, whose every third word to 
an Englishman is a boastful lie, will, I warrant you, be a true and 
tender friend and follower to hjs master, and has perhaps parted 
with his mantie to him in the cold blast, although he himself 
walked in ouerpoy as the Don says. — Strange ! that courage and 
fidelity — for I will warrant that the knave is stout — should have 
no better companion than this swaggering braggadocio humour. 
— But you mark me not, friend Davie." 

**I do — I do, most heedfully," said Davie. — "For as the 
sun goeth round the dial-plate in twenty-foiur hours, add, for the 
moon, fifty minutes and a half " 

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** I crave your pardon," replied Davie. — " Let the wheel A go 
round in twenty-four hours — I have it — and the wheel B in 
twenty-four hours, fifty minutes and a half — fifty-seven being to 
fifty-four, as fifty-nine to twenty-four hours, fifty minutes and a 
half, or very nearly, — I crave your forgiveness, Master George, 
and heartily wish you good-even." 

** Good-even !" said Master Greorge ; " why, you have not 
wished me good-day yet Come, old mend, lay by ^ese tablets, 
or you will crack the inner machinery of your skuU, as our friend 
yonder has got the outer-case of his damaged. — Good-night, 
quotha I I mean not to part with you so easily. I came to get 
my four-hours* nunchion from you, man, besides a tune on the 
hite fix)m my god-daughter, Mrs Marget." 

"Grood faith! I was abstracted, Master Greorge — but you 
know me. Whenever I get amongst the wheels," said Mr 
Ramsay, " why, 'tis " 

^ Lucky that you deal in small ones," said his friend; as, 
awakened from his reveries and calculations, Ramsay led the way 
up a Utde back-stair to the first story, occupied by his daughter, 
and his little household. 

The apprentices resumed their places in the front-shop, and 
relieved Sam Porter; when Jenkin said to Tunstall — " Didst see, 
Frank, how the old goldsmith cottoned in with his beegarly 
countryman t When would one of his wealth have shaken bands 
so courteously with a poor Englishman ! — Well, I *11 say that 
for the best of the Scots, that they will go over head and ears to 
serve a countryman, when they will not wet a nail of their finger 
to save a Southron, as they call us, from drowning. And yet 
Master Greorge is but half-bred Scot neither in that respect; for I 
have known him do many a kind thing to the English too." 

** But hark ye, Jenkin," said Tunstall, '* I think you are but 
half-bred English yourself. How came you to strike on the 
Scotsman's side after all !" 

** Why, you did so, too," answered Vincent 

** Ay, because T saw you begin ; and, besides, it is no Cumber- 
land fashion to fall fifty upon one," replied Tunstall. 

** And no Christ-Church fashion neither," said Jenkin. ** Faup 
play and Old England for ever I — Besides, to tell you a secret, 
m voice had a twang in it — in the dialect I mean — reminded 
, me of a little tongue, which I think sweeter — sweeter than the 
last toll of St Dunstan's will sound, on the day that I am shot of 
my indentures. — .Ha ! — you guess who I mean, Frank !" 

** Not I, indeed," answered Tunstall. — ** Scotch Janet, I sup- 
pose, the laundress." 

"Off with Janet in her own bucking-basket ! — no, no, no I — You 
blmd buzeard, — do you not know I mean pretty Mrs Marget I" 

** Umph 1" answered Tunstall, dryly. 

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*^ Umph ! — and what mgnifies umph 1 T am Bot Ibe fint 
'prentice has married his master's daughter, I think ?" 

" They kept their own secret, I fincy," said Tunstall, ** at 
least till they were out of their time." 

"I tell you what it is, Frank," answered Jenkin, sharply, 
"that may be the fashion of you ji^entlefolks, that are taught 
from your biggin to carry two faces under the same hood, bat it 
shall never be mine." 

" There are the stapirs, then," said Tunstall, eooUy ; " go up and 
ask Mrs Marget of our master just now,, and e^e what sort of a 
face he will wear under hit hood." 

** No, I wonnot," answered Jenkin ; ** I am not such a fool aa 
that neither. But I will take my own time; and all the Counts 
in Cumberland shall not cut my comb, and this is that which you 
may depend upon." 

Francis made no reply; and they resumed their usual attention 
to the business of the shop, and tiieir usual solicitations to the 
passengers.* 



CHAPTER III. 

BobadU, t pray yoa* ponen no gallant oi your aoqoaintanoe with aknowiedg* 
of my lodging. 
Master Matthew. Who, I, sir ? —Lord, sir ! 

Bbn JomaoH, 

Thb next morning found Nigel Olifaunt, the young Lord oi 
Glenvarloch, seated, sad add soBtary, in his little apartment, in 
the mansion of J<^n Christie, tihe ^ip-chandler ; which tiiat 
honest tradesman, in gratitude perhaps to the profession from 
which he derived his chief support, appeared to have construoted 
as nearly as possible upon the plan of a diip's cabin. 

It was situated near to Paul's Wharf, at the end of one of 
those intricate and narrow lanes, which, until that part of the 
city was swept away by the great fire in 1666, constituted an 
extraordinary labyrinth of small, dark, damp, and unwholesome 
streets and alleys, in one comer or other of which the plague 
was then as surely found lurking, as in the obscure comers 
of Constantinople in our own time. But John Christie's house 
looked out upon the river, and had the advantage, therefore, of 
free air, impregnated, however, with the odoriferous fumes of 
the articles in which the ship-chandler dealt, with the odour 
of pitch, and the natural scent of the ooze and sludge left by the 
reflux of the tide. 

Upon the whole, except that his dwelling did not float with 
the flood-tide, and become stranded with the ebb, the youn|^ lord 
was nearly as comfortably accommodated as he was while on 

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board the litUe trading brig from the long town of Kirkaldy, in 
File, by which he had come a passenger to London. He received, 
however, every attention which could be paid him by his honest 
landlord^ John Christde ; for Richie Moniplies had not thought it 
necessary to preserve his master's incognito so completely, but 
that the honest ship-chandler could form a guess that his guest's 
qoahty was superior to his appearance. As for Dame NeUy, his 
wife, a rounds buxom> laughter-loving dame, with black eyes, a 
tight well-laced bodice, a green iq)ron, and a red petticoat edged 
wi& a. slight silver laee, aad judiciously shortened so as to shew 
that a short heel, and a tight clean ankle, rested upon a well- 
bunuabed shoe, — she, of course, felt interest in a young man, 
who, besides being very handsome, good-humoured^ and easily 
satisfied with the accommodations her house afforded, was evidently 
of a rank, as well as manners, highly superior to the skippers 
(or Captains as they called themselves) of merchant vessels, who 
were the usual tenants of the ^tartments which she let to hire ; 
and at whose departure she was sure to find her well-scrubbed 
floor soiled wit& the relies of tobacco, (which,, spite of King 
James's Counterbhist, was Uien forcing itself into use,) and ht« 
best curtains impregnated with the odour of Geneva and strong 
waters, to Dame Nelly's great indi^iation ; for, as she truly said, 
the smell of the shop aj^ warehouse was bad enou^ without 
these additions. 

But all Mr 01i&.unt's habits were regular and cleanly, and 
his address, though frank and simple, shewed so much of the 
courtier and gentieman, as formed a strong contrast wi^ the 
loud halloo, coarse jests, and bcasterous impatience, of her 
maritime inmates. Dame Nelly saw that her guest was melan- 
choly also, notwithstanding his efforts to seem ctmtented and 
cheerful ; and, in short, she took tibat sort of interest in him, 
without being herself aware of its extent, whi<^ an unscrupulous 
gallant might have been tempted to improve to the prejudice of 
honest Jomi^ who was at least a score of years older than his 
helpmate. Olifaunt, however, had not only other matters to 
thiek of, but would have regarded such an intrigue, had the idea 
ever occurred to him, as an abominable and ungrateful encroach- 
ment upon the laws of hoiq>itality, his religion having been by 
his late father formed upon th6 strict principles of the national 
&ith, and his morality upon those of the nicest honour. He had 
not escaped the predominant weakness of his country, an over- 
weemng sense of the pride <^ birth, and a disposition to value 
the worth and consequence of others according to the number 
and the fame of their deceased ancestors ; but this pride ul 
family was well subdued, and in general almost entirely cou* 
eealed, by his sood sense and general courtesy. 

Such as we have described him, Nigel Oli^tunt, or rather the 
young Lord of Gilenvarloch, was, when our narrative takes him 
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only follower, Richard Moniplies, who had been despatched hf 
his younemaster, early the preceding morning, as far as the 
court at Westminster, but had not yet returned. His evening 
adventures the reader is already acquainted with, and so far 
knows more of Richie than did his master, who had not heard of 
him for twenty-four hours. Dame Nelly Christie, in the mean- 
time, regarded her guest with some anxiety, and a great desire 
to comfort him if possible. She placed on the breakfast-table a 
noble piece of cold powdered bee^ with its usual guards of turnip 
and carrot, recommended her mustard as commg direct from 
her cousin at Tewksbury, and spiced the toast with her own 
hands — and with her own hands, also, drew a jug of stout and 
nappy lUe, all of which were elements of the substantial breakfast 
of the period. 

When she saw that her guest's anxiety prevented him from 
doing justice to the good cheer which she set before him, she 
commenced her career of verbal consolation with the usual volu- 
bility of those women in her station, who, conscious of good looks, 
good intentions, and good lungs, entertain no fear either of weary- 
ing themselves or of fatiguing their auditors. 

** Now, what the good year 1 are we to send you down to Scot- 
land as thin as you came up I — I am sure it would be contrary 
to the course of nature. There was my goodman's father, old 
Sandie Christie, I have heard he was an atomy when he came up 
from the North, and I am sure he died. Saint Bamaby was ten 
years, at twenty stone weight. I was a bareheaded girl at the 
time, and lived in the neighbourhood, thou^ I hadlittie thought 
of marrying John then, vmo had a score of years the better of 
me — but he is a thriving man and a kind husband — and hia 
father, as I was saying, <Ued as fat as a churchwarden. Well, 
sir, but I hope I have not offended you for my littie joke — and I 
hope the ale is to your honour's liking, — and the beef — and the 
mustard ?" 

^ All excellent — all too good," answered Olifaunt ; " you have 
every thing so clean and tidy, dame, that I shall not know how 
to live when I go b^^k to my own country — if ever I go back 
tiiere." 

This was added as it seemed involuntarily, and with a deep sigh. 

'^ I warrant your honour go biack again if you like it," said 
the dame ; ^ unless you think rather of taking a pretty, well- 
dowered English ladv, as some of your countryfolk have done. 
I assure you some of the best of tiie city have married Scots- 
men. There was Lady Trebleplumb, Sir Thomas Trebleplumb 
tiie great Turkey merchant's widow, married Sir Awley Macauley, 
whom your honour knows, doubtless ; and pretty Mistress 
Doublefee, old Sergeant Doublefee's daughter, jumped out of 
window, and was married at May-fair to a Scotsman with a hard 
name ; and old Pitchpost the timber-merchant's daughters did 
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jeer m^ tfbont having a Scotsman foi^ lodger, meaning yonr bonotur, 
I tftli tii6m they are afraid of their daughters and their mistresBeB ; 
ind sure I have a right to stand up for the Soots, sinoe Jotsa 
Christie is half a Scotsman, and a thriving man, and a good h«8* 
bend, though there is a score of yetas between us ; and so I 
would have your honour cast care away, and mend your break- 
6st wiA a morsel and a draught." 

^ At a word, my kind hostess, I cannot," said Olifaunt ; '^ I am 
anxious abont this knave of mine, who has been so long absent in 
this dangerous town of yours." 

It may be noticed in passing, that Dame Nelly's ordinary mode 
of consolation was to disprove the existence of any cause for 
distress ; and she is said to have carried this so far as to Comfort 
a neighbour, who had lost her husband, with the assurance thai 
the dear defunct would be better to-morrow, which perhaps 
might not have proved an appropriate, even if it had been a pos- 
sible, mode of relief. On this occasion she denied stoutly thai 
KkUe had been absent altogether twenty hours; and as for 
people being killed in the streets of London, to be sure two men 
had been found in Tower-ditch last week, but that was far to the 
east, and the other poor man Ihat had his throat cut in the fields, 
had met his mishap near by Ishngton ; and he that was stabbed 
by the young Templar in a drunken firolic, by Saint Gement's in 
ihe Strand, was an Irishman. All which evidence she produced 
to shew that none of these casualties had occurred in a case 
exactly parallel with that of Richie, a Scotsman, and on hia 
letom m>m Westminster. 

^'My better comfort is, my good dame," answered Olifaunt, 
*that the lad is no brawler or quarreler, unless strongly urged, 
and that he has nothing valuable about him to any one but me." 

** Your honour speaks very well," retorted the inexhaustible 
hostess, who protracted her task of taking away, and putting to 
rights, in order that she might prolong her gossip. *' I '11 uphold 
^nster Moniplies to be neither reveller nor brawler, for if he 
liked such things he might be visiting and junketing with the 
young folks about here in the neighbourhood, and he never 
dreams of it ; and when I asked the young man to po as far as my 
gossip'sy Dame Drinkwater, to taste a glass of aniseed, and a bit 
of the eroaning cheese, — for Dame IMnkwater has had twins, 
as I told your honour, sir — and I meant it quite civilly to the 
young man, but he chose to sit and keep house with John 
Chiistie ; and 1 dare say there is a score of years between them, 
for your honour's servant looks scarce much older than I am. I 
bonder what they could have to say to each other. I asked John 
Christie, but he bid me go to sleep." 

• If he comes not soon," said his master, ** I wiB thank you to 
tell me what magistrate I can address myself to ; for besides my 
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^ Oh ! your honour may be assured he will be back in a quarter 
of an hour," said Dame Nelly ; •'* he is not the lad to stay out 
twenty-four hours at a stretch. And for the papers, I am sure 
your honour will pardon him for just giving me a peep at the 
comer, as I was giving him a small cup, not so large as my 
thimble, of distilled waters, to fortify his stomach against the 
damps, and it was directed to the King's Most Excellent 
f Majes^ ; and so doubtless his Majesty has kept Richie out of 
dvility to consider of your honour's letter, and send back a fitting 
reply." 

Dame Nelly here hit by chance on a more available topic of 
consolation than those she had hitherto touched upon ; for the 
youthful lord had himself some vague hopes that his messenger 
might have been delayed at Court until a fitting and favourable 
answer should be despatched back to him. Inexperienced, how<* 
ever, in public afiairs as he certainly was, it required only a 
moment's consideration to convince hidi of the improbability of 
an expectation so contrary to all he had heard of etiquette, as 
well as the dilatory proceeding in a court suit, and he answered 
the good-natured hostess with a sigh, that he doubted whether 
the King would even look on the paper addressed to him, far less 
take it into his immediate consideration. 

** Now, out upon you for a faint-hearted gentleman !" said the 
good dame ; " and why should he not do as much for us as our 
gracious Queen Elizabeth \ Many people say this and that about 
a queen and a king, but I think a king comes more natural to us 
English folks ; and this good gentleman goes as often down by 
water to Greenwich, and employs as many of the barge-men and 
watermen of all kinds ; and maintains, in his royal grace, John 
Taylor the water-poet, who keeps both a Bculler and a pair of 
oars. And he has niade a comely Court at Whitehall, Just by 
the river ; and since the King is so good a friend to the Thames^ 
I cannot see, if it please your honour, why all his subjects, and 
your honour in specialty, should not have satisfaction by hi« 
hands." 

*^ True, dame — true, — let us hope for the best ; but I must 
take my cloak and rapier, and pray your husband in courtesy to 
teach me the way to a magistrate." 

'' Sure, sir," said the prompt dame, *' T can do that as well as 
he, who has been a slow man of his tongue all his Ufe, though I 
will give him his due for being a loving husband, and a man as 
well to pass in the world as any betwixt us and the top of the lane. 
And so there is the sitting alderman, that is always at the Guild- 
hall, which is close by Paul's, and so I warrant you he puts all to 
rights in the <:ity that wisdom can mend ; and for the rest there 
is no help but patience. But I wish I were as sure of forty 
pounds, as I am that the young man will come back safe and 
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ttrongly averred, flung hisycloak on one shoulder, and was about 
to belt on his rapier, when first the voice of Riclue Moniplies on 
the stair, and men that faithful emissary's wpearance in the 
chamber, put the matter beyond question. Dame Nelly, after 
congratulating Moniplies on his return, and paying sevenJ com- 
pliments to her own sagacity for having foretold it, was at length 
pleased to leave the apartment. The truth was, that, besides 
some instinctive feelings of good-breeding which combated her 
curiosity, she saw there was no chance of Richie's proceeding in 
his narrative while she was in the room, and she therefore 
retreated, trusting that her own address would get the secret out 
of one or other of tho young men, when she should have either 
by himself. 

^ Now, in Heaven's name, what is the matter 1" said Nigel 
Olifaunt. — " Where have you been, or' what have you bwn 
about! You look as pale as death. There is blood on your 
hand, and your clothes are torn. What barns-breaking have you 
been at t You have been drunk, Richard, and fighting." 

^ Fighting I have been," said Richard, ** in a small way ; but 
for being drunk, that 's a job ill to manage in this town, without 
money to come by liquor ; and as for barns-breaking, the deil a 
thing 's brdien but my head. It 's not made of iron, I wot, nor 
my daithes of cheniie-mail ; so a club smashed the tane, and a 
daug^t dama|[ed the tither. Some misleard rascals abused my 
country, but I think I cleared the causey of them. However, the 
haill luve was ower mony for me at last, and I got this eclipse 
on the crown, and then I was carried beyond mv kenning, to a 
sma' booth at the Temple Port, where they sell the whirlygigs 
and mony-go-rounds that measure out time as a man wad measure 
a tartan web ; and then they bled me, wold I nold 1, and were 
reasonably civil, especially an auld countryman of ours, of whom 
more hereafter." 

** And at what o'clock might this be 1" said Nigel. 

^ The twa iron caries vonder, at the kirk beside the Port, were 
jast banging out sax o' the clock." 

^ And why came you not home as soon as you recovered 1" 
said Nigel. 

• ^ In troth, my lord, every why has its wherefore^ and this has a 
gude ane," answered his follower. ** To come hame, I behoved 
to ken whare hame was ; now, I had clean tint the name of the 
wynd, and the mair I asked, the mair the folk leugh, and the 
fiurther they sent me wrang ; sae I gave it up till God should 
send daylight to help me ; and as I saw myscill near a Idrk at 
the lang run, I e 'en crap in to take up my night's quarters in the 
kirkyaro." 

** In the churchyard !" said Nigel — ** But I need not ask what 
drove you to such a pinch." 

** It wasna sae much the want o' siller, my Lord Nigel," said 
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absolute without means, of whilk mair anon ; Ibut I ^agbt I wad 
never wjure a aaxpenoe sterling on ane of their sauey chamberiains 
at a hostefa*y, sae lang as I could sleep fresh and &ie in a fair, 
dry, spring night. Mony a time when I hae come hame owex* 
late, and faund the West-Port steekit, and the waiter ill-willy, T 
have garr'd the Sexton of Saint Cuthbert*s calf-ward serve me 
for my quarters. Bui then tliere are dainty green graffs in Sain^fe 
Cuthbert's kirkvard, where ane may sleep as if they were in a 
down-bed, till ^ley bear the lavrook singing up in the air as high, 
as ike Castle ; whereas, and behold, these London kirkyards are 
causeyed with tfarough-stanes^ panged hard and fast wegither ; 
and my cloak being something ^iroadbare, made but a thm mat- 
tress, so I was fain to give up my bed before every limb about 
me was crippled. Dcm. folks may sleep yonder sound enow, but 
dei) haet else." 

** And what became of you next !^* said his master. 

^ I just took to a canny bulk-head, as they ca' them here ; ^lat 
is, the boards on the tap of their bite of outshots of stalls and 
booths, and there 1 sleepit as sound as tf I was in a castle. Not 
but I was disturbed with some of the night-walking queans and 
swaggering billies, but when they found tltefe was nc^ing to be 
got by me but a dash of my An^w Ferrara, they bid me good- 
night far a beggarly Scot ; and 1 was e'en wed pleased to be sae 
cheap rid of them. And in the morning, I cam daikering here, 
but sad wark 1 had to find the way, for I had been east as far as 
the ]^ce <^ey ca' Mile-End, thou^ it ifrmair like sax-mile^nd." 

** Well, Richie," answered Nigel, ** I am glad aH this has endied 
so well — go get something to eat. I am sure you need it." 

** In troth do I, sir," replied Moniplies ; " but, with your lord- 
ship's leave " 

" Vorgei the lordship for the present, Richie, as I have often 
told you before." 

** Faith," replied I^chie, *^I could weel forget Utokt your honour 
was a lord, but then I behoved to forget that I am a lord's man, 
and that 's not so easy. But however," he added, assisting hit 
description with the tiiumb and the two forefingers of his right 
hand, thrust out after the fashion of a bird's claw, while the little 
finger and the ring-finger were closed upon the palm, "to the 
Court I went, and my friend that promised me a sight of his Ma« 
, jesty's most gracious presence, was ti» gude as his word, and 
carried me into the back ofiices, where I got the best breakfast I 
have had since we came here, and it did me gude for the rest of 
the day ; for as to what I have eaten in this accursed town, it is 
aye sauced with the disquieting thought that it mai:^) bfe -paid 
for. After a' there was but beef banes and fat brose ; bUtlnng'S 
cauiT, your honour kens, is better tJian ither folk's corU ; at ony 
rate, it was a' in free awmous. — But I see," he addeli,' siopping 
short, ** that your honour waxes impatient." 

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«f rengDfttioii, for he well knew his domestic would not mend his 
pace for goadbig ; ^ you have suffered enough in the embassy to 
have a right to tell the story in your own way. Only let me pray 
for the name of the friend who was to introduce you into ^ 
King's presence. You were very mysterious on the subject, 
when you undertook, through his means, to have the Supphcatiou 
put into his Majesty's own hands, since those sent heretofore, I 
have every reason to think, went no farther than his secretary's/' 

^ Weel, my lord," said Richie, ^ I did not tell you his name 
and quality at first, because I thought you would be afironted at 
the like of him having to do in your lordship's afiairs. But mony 
a man climbs up in Court by waur hdp. It was just Laurie 
linUat^, one of the yeomen of the kitchen, that was my father's 
apprentice lang syne." 

*< A yeoman of the kitchen — a scullion !" exclaimed Lord Nigel, 
pacing the room in disi^easure. 

" But consider, sir," said Richie, composedly, << that a' your great 
friends hung back, and shunned to own you, or to advocate your 
petition ; and th^i, though I am sure I insh Laurie a higher office, 
ibr your lordship's sake and for mine, and specially for his ain 
sake, being a friendly lad, yet your lordship must consider, that 
a scullion — if a yeoman of the King's most royal kitchen may be 
eaUed a eeuUion — may weel rank with a master-cook elsewhere ; 
being thai kind's cauff, as 1 said before, is better than " 

^ You are nght and I was wrong," said the young nobleman. 
<* I have no choice of means of making my case known, so that 
they be honest" 

''Laurie is as honest a lad as ever lifted a ladle," said Richie ; 
*'not but what I dare to say he can lick his fingers hke other folk, 
and reason good. But, in fine, for I see your honour is waxing 
impatient, 1^ loou^t me to the palace, where a' was astir for the 
King going out to hunt or hawk on Blackheath, I think they ca'd 
it. ijid diere was a horse stood with all the quarries about it, a 
bonny gray as ever was foaled ; and the saddle and the stirrups, 
and iha curb and bit^ o' burning gowd, or silver gilded at least ; 
and down, sir, came the King, with all his nobles, dressed out in 
his hunting-suit of ereen, doubly laced, and laid down with gowd. 
I minded the very lace o' him, though it was lang since I saw him. 
But my ccrtie, lad, thought I, times are changed since ye came 
fleeing down the back-stairs of auld Uolyrood-House, in grit fear, 
having your breeks in your hand without time to put them on, 
and Frank Stewart, the wild Earl of Bothwell, hard at your 
haunches ; and if auld Lord Glenvarloch hadna cast his mantle 
about his arm, and taken bluidy wounds mair than ane in your 
bdialf, you wald not have craw'd sae crouse this day ; and so 
Baying, I could not but think your lordship's Sifflication could 
Dot be less than most acceptable ; and so I banned in among the 
crowd of lords. Laurie tnoueht me mad, and held me by the 
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before the King jvust as he mounted, and crammed die SiiHicatiafi 
into his hand, and he opened it like in amaze ; and just as he sa^ 
the first line, I was minded to make a reverence, and I had th^ 
ill luck to hit his jaud o' a beast on the nose with my hat, and 
scaur the creature, and she swarved aside, and the King, that sits 
na mickle better than a draff-pock on the saddle, was like to havd 
gotten a clean coup, and that might have cost my craig a razing 
— and he flung down the paper amang the beast's feet, and cried^ 
* Away wi' the fause loon that brought it !' And they grippit me, 
and cried Treason ; and I thought of the Ruthvens that were 
dirked in their ain house, for, it may be, as small a forfeit. 
However, they spak only of scourging me, and had me away to 
the porter's lodge to try the tawse on my back, and I was crying 
mercy as loud as 1 could ; and the King, when he had righted 
himsell on the saddle, gathered his breath, cried to do me nae 
harm ; for, said he, he is ane of our ain Norland stots, I ken by 
the rowt of him, — and they a' laughed and rowted loud enough. 
And then he said, Gie him a copy of the proclamation, and let hini 
go down to the North by the next light collier, before waur come 

't. So they let me go. And rode a' sniggering, laughing, and 
rounding in ilk ither's lugs. A sair life I had wi' Laurie Link- 
later ; for he said it would be the ruin of him. And then, when 

1 told him it was in your matter, he said if he had known before 
he would have risked a scauding for you, because he minded the 
iHTftVe old Lord, your father. And wen he shewed how I suld 
have done, — and that I suld have held up my hand to my brow, 
as if the grandeur of the King and his horse-graith thegither had 
casten the glaiks in my een, and mair jackanape tricks I suld hae 
played, instead of offering the Sifflication, he said, as if I had been 
bringing guts to a bear. * ' For,' said he, ' Riclde, the Kinr is a 
weel-natiued and just man of his ain kindly nature, but he has a 
whin maggots that maun be cannUy guided ; and then, Bichie,' 
says he, in a very laigh tone, ' I would tell it to nane but a wise 
man like yoursell, but the King has them about him wad corrupt 
an angel from heaven ; but I could have gi'en you avisement how 
to have guided him, but now it's like after meat mustard.' — 
' Aweel, aweel, Laurie,' said I, ' it may be as you say ; but since 
*I am clear of tiie tawse and the porter's lodge, sifflicate wha like, 
deil hae Richie Moniplies if he come sifflicating here a^in.' — 
And so away I came, and I wasna far by the Temple Port, or 
Bar, or whatever they ca' it, when I met with the misadventure 
that I tauld you of before." 

* I am certain this pradential advice is not original on Mr Unklater's part, bat 
I am not at present able to produce mj authority. I thuik it amomited to this, 
that James flung down a petition presented by some supplicant ^o paid no 
compliments to his horse, and ezpr^sed no admiration at the q>lendour of his 
furniture, saying, ** Shall a king cumber himself about the petiti(m of a bemar, 
while the beggar disregards the king's splendour I'* It is, I tliink. Sir jrohn 
Harrington who recommends, as a sure mode to the king's Csvour, to jwaise tb« 
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•Well, my honest Richie," said Lord Nigel, "your attempt 
was well meant, and not so ill conducted, I think, as to hare 
deserred so bad an issue ; but go to your beef and mustard, and 
we 11 talk of the rest afterwards." 

^ There is nae mair to be spoken, sir," said his follower, ** except 
that I met ane v6ry honest, &ir-spoken, weel-put-on gentleman, 
or rather burgher, as I ihmk, that was in the whigmaleery man's 
baekshop ; and when he learned wha I was, behold he was a kindly 
Scot himsell, and, what is more, a town Vbaim o* the gnde town, 
and he behoved to compel me to take this Portugal piece, to drink, 
forsooth — My certie, thought I, we ken better, for we will eat 
it — and he spoke of paying your lordship a visit" 

** You did not tell him where I lived, you knave !" said the Lord 
Nigel, angrily. " 'Sdeath ! I shall have every clownish burgher 
from Edinburgh come to gaze on my distress, and pay a shiBing 
for having seen the Motion * of the Poor Noble." 

*' Tell him where you lived !" said Richie, evading the ques- 
tion ; « How could I tell him what I kendna mysell I If J had 
minded the name of the wynd, I need ndt have slept in the kirk- 
yard yestreen." 

^ See, then, that you give no one notice of our lodging," said 
the young nobleman ; ^ those with whom I have business I can 
meet at Paul's, or in the Ck)urt of Requests." 

** This is stocking the stable-door when the steed is stolen," 
thought Richie to himself ; '' but I must put him on another 
pin." 

So thinking, he asked the young lord what was in the Procla- 
mation which he still held folded in his hand ; *' for, having little 
time to spell at it," said he, ^ your lordship well knows I ken 
nought about it but the grand blazon at the tap — the lion has 
gotten a claught of our auld Scottish shield now, but it was as 
weel upheld when it had a unicorn on ilk side of it" 

Lord Nigel read the Prochunation, and he coloured deep with 
shame and indignation as he read ; for the purport was, to his 
injured feelings, like the pouring of ardent spirits upon a recent 
wound. 

^ What deil's in tlie paper, my lord V* said Richie, unable to 
suppress his curiosity as he observed his master change colour ; 
" I wadna ask such a thing, only the Proclamation is not a private 
thing, but is meant for a' men's hearing.'* 

''It is indeed meant for all men's hearing," replied Lord 
Nigel, ** and it proclaims the shame of our country, and the in- 
gratitude of our Prince." 

*' Now the Lord preserve us ! and to publish it in London too t" 
ejaculated Moniplies. 

<<Hark ye, Richard," said Nigel Olifaunt, ''in this paper the 
Lords of the Council set forth, that ' in consideration of the 

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resort of idle persons of low conditL(Hi forth from his Majesty's 
kingdom of Scotland to his English Ck)urt — filling the same witli 
their suits and supplications, ami dishonouring the royal presence 
with their base, poor, and beggarly persons, to ihe disgrace of 
their country in the estimation <^ ike Englisdi ; these are to pro- 
hil»t the skippers, masters of vessels, and otlWs, in every part of 
Scotland, from bringing such miseraUe creatures up to Court, 
under pain of fine and imprisonment/ ** 

^ I marie the skipper took us on board,*' said Richie. 

*^ Then you need not marvel how you are to get back again," 
said Lord Nigel, ^ for here is a clause which says, that such idle 
suitors are to be transported back to Scotland at his Majesty's 
expense, and punished for their audacity with stripes, stpoking> or 
incarceration, according to their demerits — that is to say, I sup> 
pose, according to the degree of their poverty, for I see no oth^ 
demerit specified." 

'< This will scarcely," said Richie, ^ squaape with our old 
proverb — 

« A King's face 
Should give grace — * 

But what says the paper £arther, my lord t" 

^ Oh, only a small clause which especially concerns us, inaking 
some still heavier denunciations against those suitors who shau 
be so bold as to approach the Court, under pretext of seekin|f 
payment of old debts due to them by the King, which, the paper 
states, is, of all species of importunity, that which is most odious 
to his Majesty."* 

^ The King has neighbours in that matter," said Richie ; *^ but 
it is not every one that can shift off that sort of cattle so ea^y 
as he does." 

Their conversation was here interrupted by a Iqiocking at the 
door. Olifaunt looked out at the window, and saw an elderly 
respectable person whom he knew not. Richie also peeped, and 
recognized, bat, recognizing, chose not to acknowledge, Us ficiend 
of Ihe preceding evening. Afraid that his share in the visU 
might be detected, he made his escape out of the apartment under 
pretext of going to his breakfast ; and left their landlady the tasl^ 
of ushering Master George into Lord Nigel's i^partment, wMch 
she performed with much courtesy. 

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CHAPTER IV. 

Ay, sir, the clouted ehoe hath ofttimet craft ln% 
Ab ays the rustic proverb ; and your citizen, 
In's grognon suit, gold chain, and well-black'd iboee. 
Bean under his ftat o^ ofttimes a brak 
Wiser than bums beneath the cap and feather. 
Or seethes within the statesman's relvet nightcap. 

Jtead me mjr Middle. 

Thk young Seottiih nobleniaB received the citizen with distimt 
•oliteofifls, expreaeing that sort of reserve by which those of the 
ugher ranks are sometimes wiiMng to make a plebeian sensible 
tiuU he is an intruder. But Master Greorge seemed neither dis- 
pleased nor disooneerted. He assumed the chair, which, in 
deference to his respectable appearance. Lord Nigel offered to 
lum, and said, after a moment's pause, during which he had 
k)oked attentively at the young man, with respect not unmingled 
with emotion — <<You will forgive me for this rudeness, my 
lord ; but I was endeavouring to trace in your youthful counte- 
nance the features of my good old lord, your excellent father." 

There was a moment's pause ere young Glenvarloch replied, 
slUl with a reserved manner, — '< I have b^n reckoned like my 
fikther, sir, — and am happy to see any one that respects his 
memory. But the business which calls me to this city is of a 
hasty as well as a private nature, and " 

** I understand the hint, my lord," said Master Gewge, ** and 
would not be guilty of long detaining ^ou from business, or more 
agreeable conversation. My errand is almost done when I have 
said that my name is George Heriot, warmly befriended, and in- 
troduced into the employment of the RoyaJ Family of Scotland, 
more than twenty years since, by your excellent &ther ; and that, 
learning from a follower of yours that your lordship was in this 
city in prosecution of some business of importance, it is my duty 
*— it is my pleasure — to wait on the son of my respected patron ; 
and, as I am somewhat known both at the court and in me city, 
to offer him such aid in the furthering of his affairs, as my credit 
and experience may be able to afford." 

<< I have no doubt of either. Master Heriot," said Lord Nigel, 
« and 1 thank you heartily for the good-will with which you have 
placed them at a stranger's disposal ; but my business at court is 
done and ended, and I intend to leave London, and, indeed, the 
island, for foreign travel and military service. I may add, that 
the suddenness of my departure occasions my having little time 
at my disposal." 

Master Heriot did not take the hint, but sat £&st, with an em- 
barrassed countenance, however, like one who had something to 
say that he knew not exactly how to make effectual. At length 
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having so soon despatched yoor business at court Your talkini^ 
landlady informs me you have been but a fortnight in this city. 
It is usually months and years ere the Court and a suitor shake 
hands and part." 

** My business/' said Lord Nigel, with a brevity which was 
intended to stop farther discussion, ** was summarily despatched." 

Still Master Heriot remained seated, and there was a cordial 
good-humour added to the reverence of his appearance, which 
rendered it impossible for Lord Nigel to be more explicit in re- 
questing his absence. 

** Your lordship has not yet had time," said the citizen, still 
attempting to sustain the conversation, ^to visit the places of 
amusement, — the playhouses, and other places to which youth 
resort But I see in your lordship's hand one of the new-invented 
plots of the piece,* which they hand about of late — May I ask 
what play 1" 

<'0h! a well-known piece," said Lord Nigel, impatiently- 
throwing down the Proclamation, which he had hitherto been 
twisting to and fro in his hand, — ^an excellent and well-approved 
piece— ^ New Way to Pay (M Debu:' 

Master Heriot stooped down, saying, ^ Ah ! my old acquain- 
tance, PhiUp Mafisinser ;" but, having opened &e paper and seen 
the purport, he looked at Lord Nigel Olifaunt with surprise, 
saying, *^ I trust your lordship does not think this prohibition can 
extend either to your person or your claims V* 

^ I should scarce have thought so myself," said the young 
nobleman; ''but so it proves. His Majesty, to close this dis- 
course at once, has been pleased to send me this f^rodamation, 
in answer to a respectful Supplication for the repayment of large 
loans advanced by my fibther for the service of the state, in the 
. King's utmost emergencies." 

''It is impossible !" said the citizen — " it is absolutely impos- 
sible ! — If the King could forget what was due to your father's 
memory, still he woc^d not have wished ~- would not, I may say, 
have dared — to be so flagrantly unjust to the memory of such a 
man as your father, who, dead in the body, will long live in the 
memory of the Scottish people." 

" I should have been of your opinion," answered Lord Nigel, 
in the same tone as before ; " but there is no fighting with facts." 

" What was the tenor of this Supplication V* said Heriot ; ** or 
by whom was it presented ! Something strange there must have 
been in the contents, or " 

" You may see my original draught," said the young lord, 
taking it out of a small travelling strong-box ; " the tedmical 
part is by iny lawyer in Scotland, a skilful and sensible man ; the 
rest is my own, drawn, I hope, with due deference and modesty." 

Master Heriot hastily cast his eye over the draught " Nothing," 

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he aaid, ** can be more well-tempered and respectful. Is it pos- 
sible the King can have treated this petition with contempt !'* 

** He threw it down on the pavement," sud the Lord of Glen- 
varloch, "and sent me for answer that Proclamation, in which he 
classes me with the paupers and mendicants from Scotland, who 
disgrace his court in the eyes of the proud £nglisb — that is all. 
Had not my father stood by him with heart, sword, and fortune, 
be might never have seen the Court of England himself." 

** But by whom was this supplication presented, my lord V said 
Heriot ; '* for the distaste taken at the messenger wUl sometimes 
extend itself to the message." 

" By my servant," said the Lord Nigel ; ** by the man you saw, 
and, I think, were kind to." 

" By your servant, my lord V* said the citizen ; ** he seems a 
shrewd fellow, and doubtless a faithful ; but surely " 

" You would say," said Lord Nigel, ** he is no fit messenger to 
a King's presence ! — Surely he is not; but what could I do ? 
Every attempt I had made to lay my case before the King had 
miscarried, and my petitions got no farther than the budgets of 
clerks and secretaries ; this fellow pretended he had a friend in 
the household that would bring him to the King's presence, — 
and so " 

" I understand," said Heriot ; " but, my lord, why should you 
hot, in right of your rank and birth, have appeared at court, and 
required an audience, which could not have been denied to you f " 

The young lord blushed a little, and looked at his dress, which 
was very plain; and though in perfect good order, had the 
appearance of having seen service. 

" I know not why J should be ashamed of speaking the truth," 
he said, after a momentary hesitation, — ^'I had no dress 
suitable for appearing at court. I am determined to incur no 
expenses which I cannot discharge ; and I think you, sir, would 
Dot advise me to stand at the palace-door, in person, and deliver 
my petition, along with those who are in very deed pleading their 
Becessity, and begging an alms." 

" That had been, indeed, unseemly," said the citizen ; '< but yet, 
my lord, my mind runs slrangely that there must be some mis- 
take. — Can I speak with your domestic 1" 

^ I see little good it can do," answered the young lord, ** but 
the interest you take in my miedTortunes seems sincere, and there- 
fore " He stamped on the floor, and in a few seconds after- 
wards Moniplies appeared, wiping from his beard and mustaches 
the crumbs of bread, and the froth of the ale-pot, which phiinly 
tbewed how he had been employed. — " Will your lordship granc 
peraiisBion," said Heriot, ^ that I ask your groom a few ques- 
tioQsr 

"His lordship's page. Master George," answered Moniplies, 
with a nod of acknowledgment, ''if you are minded to speak 
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^ Hold your saucy tongue," said his master, ^and refdy ^fl- 
tinctiy to tiie questions you are to be asked.'* 

^ And tnUy, if it like your pageship," said the citizen, ^ for 
you may remember I have a gift to discover falset." 

*' Weel, weel, weel," repli^ the domestic, somewhat embar- 
rassed, in ^te of his effrontery — ^ though I think that the sort 
of truth that serves my master, may we^ serve ony ane else." 

^ Pages lie to their masters by ri^t of custom," said the 
citizen ; *' and you write yourself in that band, though I think 
you be among the oldest of such springalds ; but to me you must 
speak truth, u you would not have it end in the whipping-post." 

^ And that 's e*en a bad resting-place," said the well-grown 
page ; ^ so come away with your questions. Master George." 

** Well, then," demanded the citizen, <* I am given to under- 
stand that you yesterday presented to his Majesty's hand a sup- 
plication, or petition, from this honourable lord, your master." 

^ Troth, there *s nae gainsaying that, sir," replied Moniplies ; 
** th^re was enow to see it besides me." 

*' And you pretend thai his majesty flung it firom him with 
contempt }" said the citizen. << Take heed, for I hare means of 
knowing the truth ; and you were better up to the neck in the 
Nor-Loch, which you like so well, than tell a leasing where his 
Majesty's name is concerned." 

^ There is nae occasion for leasing^naldng about the matter/' 
answered Moniplies firmly; ^' his Majesty e'en flung it frae him as 
if it had dirtied his fingers." 

^ You hear, sir," said Olifaunt, addressing Heriot. 

** Hush !" said the sagacious citizen ; ^' this fellow is not ill named 
— he has more plies than one in his cloak. — Stay, feUow," for 
Moniplies muttering somewhat about finishing his breakfiast, was 
beginning to shamble towards the door, ^ answer me this farther 
question — When you gave your master's petition to his Majesty^ 
gave you nothing with it V* 

<< Ou, what sho^d I give wi' it, ye ken. Master Greorge t" 

^ That is what I desire and insist to know," replied his inter- 
rogator. 

*< Weel, then — I am not free to say, that maybe I might not 
just slip into the King's hand a wee bit sifflication of mine ain, 
along with my Lord's, just to save his Majesty trouble — and 
that he might consider them baath at ance." 

*' A supplication of your own, you varlet !" said his master. 

** Ou dear, ay, my lord," said Richie — ^ puir bodies hae their 
bits of sifflications as weel as their betters." 

*' And pray, what might your worshipful petition import !" said 
Master Heriot — " Nay, for Heaven's sake, my lord, keep your 
patience, or we shall never learn the truth of this strange mattw. 
^peak out, sirrah, and I will stand your friend with my lord." 

** It 's a bng story to tell — but the upshot is, that it 's a scrape 
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King^ msiBt grxdotts mother, when she lived in the Casfle, and 
had sondry providings and fui'nishings forth of our booth, whilk 
nae doubt was an hoDonr to my father to supply, and whilk, 
doabtless, it will be a credit to his Majesty to satisfy, as it will be 
grit convenience to me to receive the saam/' 

<* What string of iti^ertinence is this !" said his master. 

** Every word as true as e'er John Knox spoke," said Richie ; 
*< here's the l»t double of the sifflication." 

Blaster G^ecorge took a crumpled paper £rom 1^ feUow's hand, 
and said, nratternig betwixt his tee^ — ^*HumMy ^eweth — 
um — um — his ]4ajesty's maist gracious motiier — um — um — 
justly addebted and o^-ing the sum of fifteen merks — the compt 

whereof fbllowetb Twelve nowte'ft feet lor jiUies — ane lamb, 

being Christmaji>— ane roasted capin in grease for the privy 
cfaalmer, when my Lord of Bothwell suppit with her Grace.* — I 
think, my lord, you can hardly be surprised that the King gave 
this petition a brisk reception; and I conclude, Master Page, 
that you took care to present your own supplication before your 
master's r 

** Troth did I not," answered Moniplies, ^ 1 thought to have 
li^en my lord's fint, as was reason gude ; and besides that, it 
wad have redd the gate for my ain little biU. But what wi' the 
dirdum an' confusion, an' the loupin here and there of the skeigh 
brute of a horse, I believe I crammed them baith into his hand 
cheek by jowl, and maybe my ain was bunemoet ; and say diere 
was aught wrang, I am sure I had a^ the fright and a' the 
risk ** 

**And shall have all the beating, yoir rascal knave," said 
Nigel ; ^ am I to be insulted and dishonoured by your pragmatical 
insolence, in blending your base concerns with mine 1" 

^ Nay, nay, nay, my lord," said the good-humoured citizen, 
interposing, "I have been the means of bringing the fellow's 
blunder to fight— 'allow me interest enough with your lordship 
to be bail for his bones. You have cause to be angry, but still I 
think the knave mistook more out of conceit than of purpose ; 
and I judge yon vidll have the better service of him another time, 
a you overlook tiiis faults Get you gone, lirrah — I'll make 
yonr peace." 

** Na^ na," said Moniplies, keeping his ground firmly, *< if he 
likes to strike a lad that has followed him for pure love, for I 
think there has been little servant's fee between us, a' the way 
frae Seotlandy just let my lord be doing, and see the credit he wiU 
get by it — and I would rather (mony thanks to you though, Master 
George) stand by a lick of his baton, than it suld e'er be said a 
stranger came between us»" 

** ^, then," said his master, ** and get out of my sight" 

** Aweel I wot that is sune done," said Moniplies, retiring 
slowly ; " I did not come widiout I had been ca'd for — and f 
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Maister George keepit me to answer his interrogationy fortoofb, 
and that has made a' this stir." 

And so he made his grumbling exit, with the tone much rather 
of one who has sustained an injury, than who has done wrong. 

*' There never was a man so plagued as I am with a malapert 
knave ! — The fellow is shrewd, and I have found him fidthfiil — 
I believe he loves me, too, and he has given proofs of it — but 
then he is so uplifted in his own conceit, so self-willed, and so 
self-opinioned, that he seems to become l^e master, and I the 
man ; and whatever blunder he commits, he is sure to make as 
loud complaints, as if the whole error lay with me, and in no 
degree with himself." 

** Cherish him, and maintain him, nevertheless," said the eiti- 
^n ; *^ for believe mv gray hairs, that affection and fidelity are 
now rarer qualities m a servitor, than when the world was 
younger. Yet, trust him, my good lord, with no commission 
above his birth or breeding, for yon see yourself how it may 
chance to fall," 

^ It is but too evident. Master Heriot," said the young noble- 
man ; ** and I am sorry I have done injustice to my sovereign, 
and your master. But I am, like a true Scotsman, wise behind 
hand — the mistake has happened — my Supplication has been 
refused, and my only resource is to employ the rest of my means 
to carry Moniplies and myself to some counterscarp, and die in 
the battle-front like my ancestors." 

^' It were better to live and serve your country like your noble 
father, my lord," replied Master George. ** Nay, nay, never look 
down or shaJie your head — the King has not refused your Sup- 
plication, for he has not seen it — you ask but justice, and that 
nis place obliges him to give to his subjects — ay, my lord, and 1 
will say that his natural temper doth in this hold bias with his 
duty." 

" I were well pleased to think so, and yet " said Nigel 

Olifaunt, — "I speak not of my own wrongs, but my country 
hath many that are unredressed." 

" My lord," said Master Heriot, ** I speak of my royal master, 
not only with the respect due from a subject — the gratitude to 
be paid by a favoured servant, but also with the frankness of a 
free and loyal Scotsman. The King is himself well disposed to 
hold the scales of justice even ; but there are those around him 
who can throw without detection their own selfish wishes and 
base interests into the scale. You are already a sufferer by this, 
and without your knowing it." 

** I am surprised. Master Heriot," said the young lord, •* to 
hear you, upon so short an acquaintance, talk as u yon were 
familiarly acquainted with my affairs." 

•* My lord," replied the goldsmith, " the nature of my employ- 
ment affords me direct access to the interior of the palace ; I am 
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■o &voiirite has as yet endeavoured to shut against me the doov 
of llie royal closet ; on the contrary, I have stood weU with each 
while he was in pow)er, and I have not shared the fall of any. 
But I cannot be thus connected with the Court, without hearing, 
even against my will, what wheels are in motion, and how they 
are checked or forwarded. Of course, when I choose to seek 
sodi intelligence, I know the sources in which it is to be traced. 
I have told you why I was interested in your lordship's fortunes. 
It was last night only that I knew you were in this city, yet I 
have been able, in coming hither this morning, to gain for you 
i information respecting the impediments to your suit." 



''Sir, I am obliged by your z^, however little it may be 
merited,*' answered Nigel, still with some reserve ; ^ yet I hardly 
know how I have deserved this interest." 

'^ First let me satisfy you that it is real," said the dtizen ; " I 
blame you not for being unwilling to credit the fair professions of 
a stranger in my inferior class of society, when you have met so 
little friendship from relations, and those of your own rank, 
boond to have assisted you by so many ties. But mark the 
cause. There is a mortgage over your father's extensive estate, 
to the amount of 40,000 merics, due ostensibly to Peregrine 
Peterson, the Conservator of Scottish Privileges at Campvere." 

'^ I know nothing of a mortgage," said the young lord ; *< but 
tiiere is a wadset for such a sum, which, if unredeemed, will 
occasion the forfeiture of my whole paternal estate, for a sum 
not above a fourth of its value — and it is for that very reason 
that I press the King's government for a settlement of we debts 
due to my father, mat I may be able to redeem my land from 
this rapacious creditor." 

** A wadset in Scotiand," said Heriot, ^ is the same with a 
mortgage on this side of the Tweed ; but you are not acquainted 
with your real creditor. The Conservator Peterson only lends 
his name to shroud no less a man than the Lord Chancellor of 
Scotland, who hopes, under cover of this debt, to gain possession 
of the estate himself, or perhaps to gratify a yet more powerful 
third party. He will probably suffer his creature Peterson to 
take possession, and when the odium of the transaction shall be 
forgotten, the property and lordship of Glenvarloch will be con* 
veyed to the great man by his obsequious instrument, under cover 
of a sale, or some similar device." 

''Can this be possible 1" said Lord Nigel; "the Chancellor 
wept when J took leave of him — called me his cousin — even his 
son — furnished me with letters, and, though I asked him for no 
pecuniary assistance, excused hunself unnecessarily for not press- 
ing it on me, alleging the expenses of his rank and his large 
wily. No, I cannot believe a nobleman would carry deceit 
10 &r." 

** I am not, it is true, of noble blood," said the citizen ; " but 
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be my interest in dishonouriDg them with fal^diood in iM^iri iit 
which I have no interest, save as they regard the son of my 
benefactor. Reflect also, have you had any advantage from ibe 
Lord Chancellor's letters !" 

^None,'* said Nigel Olifaunt, ^except cold deeds and fidr 
words. I have thon^t for some time, their only object was to 
get rid of me — one yesterday pressed money on me whm I 
talked of going abroad, in order that I might not want tiie means 
of exiling myseff." 

** IMght," said Heriot ; " rather than you fled not, Aey would 
themselves famish wings for you to fly withal." 

" I will to him this instant," said the incensed youthy^imd tell 
him my mind of his baseness." 

" Under your fovour," said Heriot, detaining him, " you shall 
not do so. By a quarrel you would become the ruin of me your 
informer ; and though I would venture half my shop to do your 
lordship a service, I think you would hardly wish me to come by 
damage, when it can be of no service to you." 

The word thop sounded harshly in the ears of the young noble- 
man, who replied hastily ^-^ Damage, sir ! — so far am I from 
wishing you to incur damage, that I would to Heaven you would 
cease your fruitless offers of serving one whom tiiere is no chance 
of ultimately assisting !" 

** Leave me alone for that," said the citizen ; " you have now 
erred as far on the bow-hand. Permit me to take this Suppliea* 
tion — I will hare it suitably engrossed, and take my own time 
(and it shall be an early one) for placing it, with more prudence, 
I trust, than that used by your foUower, in the King's nand — I 
will almost answer for his taking up the matter as you would have 
him — but should he £bil to do so, even then I will not give up 
the good caus6." 

" Sir," said the young nobleman, " yonr speech is so friendly, 
and my own state so nelpless, that I know not how to r&fbse 
your kind proffer, even while I blush to accept it at the hands of 
a stranger." 

" We are, I trust, no longer such," said the goldsmith ; " and, 
for my gueridon, when my mediation proves successful, and your 
fortunes are re-established, you shall order your first cupbof^ of 
platfe from GJeorge Heriot." 

^ You would have a bad paymaster. Master Heriot," said Lord 
Nigel. 

" I do not fear that," replied the goldsn^th ; ^and I am gbd 
to see you smile, my lord — methinks it makes you look still 
more like the good old lord your father ; and it imboldens me, 
besides, to bring out a smaU request — that you would take k 
homely dinner with me to-morrow. I lodge hard by, in Lem^ 
bard Street. For the cheer, my lord, a mess of white broth, a 
fat caj)on well larded, a dish of beef collops for auld Scotland's 
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before Scotland and England were one nation — Then for com- 
pany, one or two of our own loving countrymen — and maybe 
my housewife may find out a bonny Scots lass or so." 

** I would accept your courtesy, Master Heriot," said Nigel, 
*^ but I hear the city ladies of London like to see a man gallant 
— I would not like to let down a Scottish nobleman in their 
ideas, as doubtless you have said the best of our poor country, 
and I rather lack the means of bravery for the present." 

^ My lord, your frankness leads me a step farther," said Mas- 
ter George. ** I — I owed your father some monies ; and — nay, 
if year lordship looks at me so fixedly, I shall never tell my 
story-:- and, to speak plainly, for I never could carry a lie well 
through in my life — it is most fitting, that, to soUcit this matter 
mx>perly, your lordship should go to Court in a manner beseem- 
mg your quality. I am a goldsmith, and live by lending money 
as well as by selling plate. I am ambitious to put an hundreicl 
pounds to be at interest in your hands till your affairs are 
settled." 

^ And if they are never favouraUy settled !" said NigeL 

** Then, my lord," returned the citizen, ** the miscarriage of 
8ueh a sum will be of little consequence to me, compared with 
other subjects of regret" 

** Master Heriot," saud the Lord Nigel, " your favour is geae- 
vously offered, and shall be ft^nklj accepted. I must presume 
that you see your way through this business, though I hardly do ; 
for I think you would be grieved to add any fresh burden to me, 
by persuading me to incur debts which I am not likely to dis- 
charge. I will therefore take your money, under the hope and 
trust that you will enable me to repay you punctually." 

« I will convince 'you, my lord," said the goldsmith, ** that I 
mean to deal with you as a creditor from whom I expect pay- 
ment ; and therefore, you shall, vith your own good pleasure, 
sign an acknowledgment for these moneys, and an obligation to 
content and repay me." 

He then took from his girdle his writing materials, and, writing 
a few lines to the purport he expressed, pulled out a small bag of 
gold from a side-pouch under his cloak, and, observing that it 
fibooid contain an hundred pounds, proceeded to tell out the con- 
teats very methodically upon the liable. Nigel Olifaunt could not 
help intimating that this was an unnecessary ceremonial, and 
that he would take the bag of gold on the word of his obliging 
. creditor ; but this wafl repugnant to the old man's forms of trans- 
acting business. 

** Bear with me," he said, « my good lord, — we citizens are a 
wary and thrifty generation ; and I should lose my good name 
for ever within tfie toll of Paul's, were I to grant quittance, or 
tabe acknowledgment, without bringing the money to actual tale. 
I think it be right now — and, body of me," he said, looking out 
at the window, " yonder come my boys with my mule ; for I must 

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W estward Hoe. Put your moneys aside, my lord ; it is not well 
to be seen with such goldHnches chirping about one in the lodg- 
ings of London. I ^ink the lock of your casket be indifferent 
go^ ; if not, I can serve you at an easy rate with one that has 
held ^ousands ; — it was the good old Sir Faithful Fmgal's ; — 
his spendthrift son sold the shell when h» had eaten the kernel — 
and there is the end of a city-fortune." 

*' I hope yours will make a better termination, Master Heriot,*' 
said the Lord Nigel. 

** I hope it wiU, my lord," said the old man, with a smile ; 
**but," to use honest John Bunyan's phrase — * tlierewithal the 
water stood in his eyes,' '' it has pleased God to try me with the 
loss of two children ; and for one adopted child who lives — ah ! 
wo is me ! and well-a-day ! — But I am patient and thankful ; 
and for the wealth God has sent me, it shall not want inheritors 
while there are orphan lads in Auld Reekie. — I wish you good- 
morrow, my lord." 

^ One orphan has cause to thank you already," said Nigel, as 
he attendea htm to the door of his chamber, where, resisting 
farther escort, tke old citizen made his escape. 

As, in going down stairs, he passed the shop where dame 
Christie stood becking, * he made civil inquiries after her hus- 
band. The dame of course regretted his absence ; but he was 
down, she said, at Deptford, to settle with a Dutch ship-master. 

** Our way of business, sir," she said, " takes him much from 
home, and my husband must be the slave of every tarry jacket 
that wants but a pound of oakum." 

''All business must be ciinded, dame," said the goldsmith. 
** Make my remembrances — Greorge Heriot of Lombard Street's 
remembrances — to your^goodman. I have dealt with him — 
he is just and punctual — true to time and engagements ; — be 
kind to your noble guest, and see he wants nothing. Though it 
be his pleasure at present to lie private and retired, there be 
those that care for him, and I have a charge to see him supplied ; 
so that you may let me know by your husband, my good dame, 
how my lord is, and whether he wants aught." 

*< And so he w a real lord after all 1" said the good dame. ** I 
am sure I always thought he looked like one. But why does he 
not go to Parliament, then !" 

''He will, dame," answered Heriot, "to the Parliament of 
Scotland, which is his own coimtry." 

" Oh ! he is but a Scots lord, then," said the good dame ; ** and 
that 's the thing makes him ashamed to take the title, as thej 
say." 

" Let him not hear you say so, dame," replied the citizen. 

** Who, I, sir V* answered she ; " no sudi matter in my thought, 
sir. Seot or English, he is at any rate a likely man, and a civil 

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man ; and rather than he should want any thing, I would wait 
Hpon him myself^ and come as far as Lombard Street to wait upon^ 
your worship too." 

^ Let yoar husband come to me, good dame," said the gold- 
smith, who, with ail his experience and worth, was somewhat of 
a formalist and disciplinarian. ^ The proverb says, * House goes 
mad when women gad ;' and let his loidship's own man wait upon 
his master in his chamber — it is more seemly. Grod give ye 
good-morrow." 

<< Good-morrow to your worship," said the dame, somewhat 
coldly ; and, so soon as the adviser was out of hearing, was un- 
gnunous enough to mutter, in contempt of his counsel, ** Marry 
quep of your advice, for an old Scotch tinsmith, as you are ! My 
husband is as wise, and very near as old, as yourself ; if I please 
him, it is well enough ; and though he is not just so rich just now 
as some folks, yet I hope to see him ride upon his moyle, with a 
foot-cloth, and have his two blue*coatB after him, as well as 
they do." 



CHAPTER V. 

Wherefore come ye not to ooart? 
Certain 'tis the rarest sport; 
There are silks and jewels glistening, 
Prattlhig fools, and wisemen listening. 
Bullies among brave men justlhig. 
Beggars amongst nobles bustling ; 
Low-breath*d talkers, minion lispers. 
Cutting honest throats By whispers ; 
WfaenKtore come ye not to court ? 

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It was not entirely out of parade that the benevolent citizen 
was mounted and attended in that manner, which, as the reader 
has been informed, excited a gentle degree of spleen on the part 
of Dame Christie, which, to do hei justice, vanished in the little 
soUloquy which we have recorded. The good man, besides the 
natural desire to maintain the exterior of a man of worship, was 
at present bound to Whitehall in oider to exhibit a piece of valu- 
able workmanship to King James, which he deemed his Majesty 
might be pleased to view, or even to purchase. He himself whh 
therefore mounted upon his caparisoned mule, that he might the 
better make his way through the narrow, dirty, and crowded 
streets ; and while one of his attendants carried under his arm the 
piece of plate, wrapped up in red baize, the other two gave an 
eye to its safety ; for such was the state of the police of the metro- 
polis, that men were often assaulted in the public street for the 
sake of revenge or of plunder ; and those who apprehended being 
beset, usuaUy endeavoured, if their estate admitted such expense, 
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this custom, vhioh was at first limited to the nobiKty and geutry, 
extended by degrees to those citizens of consideration^ who^ being 
understood to travel with a charge, as it was called^ might other- 
wise haTe been selected as safe subjects of plunder by the street- 
robber. 

As Master George Hmot paced forth westward with this gal- 
lant attendance, he paused at the shop-door of his countryman 
and friend, the ancient horologer, ana having caused TunstaU, 
who was in attendance, to adjust his watch by the real time, he 
desired to speak with his master ; in consequence of which sum- 
mons, the old Time-meter came forth from his den, his face like 
a bronze bust, darkened with dust, and glistening here and there 
with copper filings, and his senses so bemused in the intensity of 
calculation, that he gazed on his friend the goldsmith for a minute 
before he seemed perfectly to comprehend who he was, and 
heard him express his invitation to David Ramsay, and pretty 
Mistress Margaret, his daughter, to dine with him next day at 
noon, to meet with a noble young countryman, without returning 
any answer. 

*'I*11 make thee speak, with a murrain to thee,** muttered 
Heriot to himself ; and suddenly changing his tone, he said aloud, 
— " T pray you, neighbour David, when are you and I to have a 
settlement for the buUion wherewith I supplied you to mount 
yonder hall-clock at Theobald's, and that other whirligig that you 
made for the Duke of Buckingham ) . I have had me Spanish 
house to satisfy for the ingots, and I must needs put you in mind 
that you have been eight months behind-hand." 

There is something so sharp and aigre in the demand of a per- 
emptory dun, that no human tympanfum, however inaccessible to 
other tones, can resist the application. David Bamsay started at 
once from his reverie, and aaswered in a pettish tone, ** Wow, 
Greorge, man, what needs a' this din about sax score o' pounds ! 
A' the world kens I can answer a' daims on me, and you prof- 
fered yourself fair time, till his maist gracious Majesty and the 
noble Duke suld make settled accompts wi' me ; and ye may ken, 
by your ain experience, that I canna gang vowting like an un- 
mannered Highland stot to thdir doors, as ye come to mine." 

Heriot laughed, and replied, *' Well, David, I see a demand of 
money is like a bucket of water about your ears, and makes you 
a man of the world at once. And now, friend, will you tell me, 
like a Christian man, if you will dine with me to-morrow at noon, 
and bring pretty Mistress Margaret my god-daughter, with you, to 
meet with our noble young oouitryman, the Lord of Glenvarloch !" 

** The young Lord of Glenvarloch !" said the old mechanist ; 
** wi' a' my l:^art, and blithe 1 will be to see him again. We 
have not met these forty years — he was twa years before me at 
the humanity classes — he is a sweet youth." 

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** A sweet yoa^ he would have been by this time, had he Uved, 
worthy noUeman i This is his son, the Lord Nigel." 

** His son !" said Ramsay ; ^ Maybe he will want something of 
a chronometer, or watch — few gaUants care to be without them 
now-a^^ys." 

^ He may buy half your stock-in trade, if ever he comes to his 
own, fmr what 1 know," said his firiend ; ** but, Davie, remember 
yonr bond, and use me not as you did when my housewife had 
tlie sheep's-head and the cock-a-leeky boiling for you as late as 
two of the clock afternoon." 

** She had the more credit by her cookery," answered David, 
now fully awake ; <* a sheep's-head, over-boiled, were poison, ac« 
cording to our saying." 

** Well,*' answered Master George, ** but as there will be no 
sheep's-head to-morrow," it may oiance you to spoil a dinner 
which a |nroverfo cannot mend. It may be you may foregather 
vith your friend. Sir Mungo Malagrow^er, for I pui^pose to ask 
his worriiip ; so, be sure and bide tryste, Davie." 

** That will I — I will be true as a ehronomet^," said Ramsay. 

** I will not trust you, though," replied Heriot. — " Hear you, 
Jenkin boy, tell Scots Janet to tell pretty Mistress Margaret, my 
god-child, die must put her father i|i remembrance to put on hia 
best doublet to-morrow, and to bring him to Lombard Street at 
noon. Tell her they are to meet a brave young Scots lord." 

Jenkin coughed that sort of dry short cough uttered by those 
who are either charged with errands which tibey do not hke, or 
bear opinions to which they must not enter a dissent 

** Umph !" repeated Master Georfe — who, as we have already 
noticed, was something of a martinet in domestic discipline — 
^ what does umph mean t Will you do mine errand, or not, 
sinahf' 

** Sure, Master Greorge Heriot," said the apprentice, touching 
bis cap, ^ I only meant, that Mistress Margaret was not likely to 
krget such an invitation." 

" Why, no," said Master George ; " she is a dutiful girl to her 
godfather, though I sometimes call her a jill-flirt — And, hark 
ye, Jenkin, you and your comrade bad best come with your dubs, 
to see yonr master and her safely b«me ; but first shut shop, and 
loose the bull-dog, and let the poiter stay in the fore-shop till 
your return. I will send two of mj knaves with you ; for I hear 
these wild youngsters of the Temple are broken out worse and 
Bghter than ever." 

** We can keep their steel in order with good handbats," said 
Jenkin ; ** and never trouble your servants for the matter." 

** Or, if need be," said Tunstall, ^* we have swords as well as 
the Templars." 

^ Fie upon it — fie upon it, young man," said the citiaen ; -* 
** An apprentice with a sword 1 — Marry, Heaven forefend I I 
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''Well, sir,*' sold Jenkin — << we will find arms fitting toonr 
station, and will defend our master and his daughter, if we shovkl 
tear up the Tory stones of the pavenient." 

^ There spoke a London 'prentice bold," said the eitizen ; 
'* and, for your comfort, my lads, you shall crush a cup of wise 
to the health of the Fathers of the Gty. I have my eye on bo& 
of you — you are thriving lads, each in his own way. — God be 
wi' you, Davie. Forget not to-morrow at noon." And, so say- 
ing, he. again turned his mule's head westward, and crossed 
Temple*Bar, at that slow and decent amble, which at once became 
his rank and civic importance, and put his pedestrian followers to 
no inconvenience to keep up with him. 

At the Temple gate he again paused, dismounted, and sought 
his way into one of the small booths occupied by scriveners in the 
neighbouriiood. A young man, with lank smooth hair combed 
straight to his ears, and then cropped short, rose, with a cringing 
reverence, pulled off a slouched hat, which he would upon no sig- 
nal replace on his head, and answered, with much demonstratioik 
of reverence, to the goldsmith's question of, ^ How goes business, 
Andrew V* *' A' the better for your worship's land countenanoe 
and maintenance." 

^ Get a large sheet of paper, man, and make a new pen, with 
a sharp neb, and fine hair-stroke. Do not slit the quill up too 
high, it 's a wastrife course in your trade, Andrew — they that do 
not mind com pickles, never come to forpits. I have known a 
learned man write a thousand pages with one quill." * 

^ Ah ! sir," said the lad, who iLtened to the goldsmith, though 
instructing him in his own trade, with an air of veneration and 
acquiescence, '< how sune ony puir creature like iqysell may rise 
in the world, wi' the instruction of such a man as your wondiip !" 

<* My instructions are few, Andrew, soon told, and not hard to 
practise. Be honest — be industrious — be frugal — and you 
will soon win wealth and worship. — Here, copy me this Suppli- 
cation in your best and most formal hand. I will wait hy you 
till it is done." 

The youth hfted not his eye from the paper, and kid not the 
pen from his hand, until the task was finished to his employer's 
satisfaction. The citizen then gave the young scrivener an angel ; 
and bidding him, on his life, be secret in all business intrusted to 
him, again mounted his mule, and rode on westward along the 
Stnuid. 

It may be worth while to remind our readers, that the Temple- 
Bar which Heriot passed, was not the arched screen, or gateway, 
of the present day ; but an open railing, or palisade, which, at 
night, and in times of alarm, was closed with a barricade of posts 
and cdiains. The Strand also, along which he rode, was not, as 
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■name tbftt character. It still might be considered as an open 
road, along the south side of which stood various houses and 
hotels belonging to the nobility, having gardens behind them down 
to the water-side, with stairs to the river, for the convenience of 
taking boat ; which mansions have bequeathed the names of their 
lordly owners to many of the streets leading from the Strand to 
the Thames. The north side 6f the Strand was also a long line 
of houses, behind which, as in Saint Martin's Lane, and other 
{KHnts, buildings were rapidly arising ; but Covent-Grarden was 
still a garden, in the literal sense of the word, or at least but 
beginning to be studded with irregular buildings. All that was 
passing around, however, marked the rapid increase of a capital 
which had long enjoyed peace, wealth, and a regular government 
Houses were rising in every direction ; and Sie slu«wd eye of 
our citizen ahready saw the period not distant, which should 
convert the nearly open highway on which he travelled, into a 
connected and regular street, uniting the court and the town 
with the city of L^don. 

He next passed Charin^-Croes, which was no longer the plea- 
sant solitary village at which the judges were wont to breakfast 
on their way to Westminster Hail, but began to resemble the 
artery through which, to use Johason's expression, ** pours the 
foil tide of London population." The buildings were rapidly 
increasing, yet scarcely gave evem a faint idea of its present 
appearance. 

At last Whitehall received oui traveller, who passed under 
one of the beautiful gates designed by Holbein, and composed of 
tesselated brick-work, being the lame to which Moniplies had 
profanely likened the West-Port of Edinburgh, and entered the 
ample precincts of the palace of Whitehall, now full of all the 
confusion attending improvement. 

It was just at the time when Junes, little suspecting that he 
was employed in constructing a palace, from the window of which 
his only son was to pass in order tfabt he might die upon a scaffold 
before it, — was busied in remoring the ancient and ruinous 
buildings of De Burgh, Henry Vlll., and Queen Elizabeth, to 
make way for the superb architecture on which Inigo Jones 
exerted aJl his genius. The King^ ignorant of futurity, was now 
engaged in pressing on his work ; and, for that purpose, still 
maintained his royal apartments at Whitehall, amidst the rubbish 
of old buildings, and the various confusion attending the erection 
of the new pUe, which formed at present a labyrinth not easily 
traversed. 

The goldsmith to the Royal Hot8ehold,and who, if fame spoke 
true, oftentimes acted as their banker, — for these professions 
were not as yet separated from each other, — was a person of too 
much importance to receive the llightest interruption from sen- 
tinel or porter ; and, leaving his mule and two of his followers in 
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ing, and was presently admitted, while the most tnisty of his 
attendants followed him closely, with the piece of phtte under his 
arm. This man also he left behind him in an anteroom, — where 
tiiree or four pages m the royal livery, but untrussed, unbuttoned^ 
and dressed more carelessly than ^e place, and nearness to a 
King's person, seemed to admit, were playing at dice and 
drai^ts, or stretched upon benches, and slumbering with half^ 
shut eyes. A corresponding gallery, which opened f^ra the ante^ 
room, was occupied by two gentlemen-ushers of the chamber, wfa« 
gare each a smile of recognition as the wealthy goldsmith entered. 

No word was spoken on either side ; but one of the ushers 
looked first to Heriot, and then to a tittle door half-covered by th« 
tapestry, which seemed to say, as plain as a look could, ** Lies 
your business that way !'' The citizen nodded ; and the court- 
attendant, moving on tiptoe, and with as much caution as if tiie 
floor had been paved with eggs, advanced to the door, opened it 
gently, and spoke a few words in a low tone. The broad Scottish 
accent of King James was heard in reply, — ** Admit hhn instan- 
ter. Maxwell. Have you hairboured sae lang at the Court, and 
not learned, that gold and silver are ever welcome f ' 

The usher signed to Heriot to advance, and the honest citizen 
was presently introduced into the cabinet of the Sovereign. 

The scene of confusion amid which he found the King seated, 
was no bad picture of the state and quality of James's own mind. 
There was much that was rich and costly in cabinet pictures and 
valuable ornaments ; but they were arranged in a slovenly man- 
ner, covered with dust, and lost half their value, or at least their 
effect, from the manner in which they were presented to the eye. 
The table was loaded with huge folios, amongst which lay light 
books of jest and ribaldry ; and, amongst notes of unmercifully 
long orations, and essays on king-craft, were mingled miserable 
roundels and ballads by the Royal Prentice, as he styled himself, 
in the art of poetry, and schemes for the general pacification of 
Europe, with a list of the names of the King's hounds, and reme- 
dies against canine madness. 

The King's dress was of green velvet, quilted so full as to be 
dagger-proof — which gave him the appearance of clumsy and 
ungainly protuberance ; while its being buttoned awry, com- 
municated to his figure an aur of distortion. Over his green 
doublet he wore a sad-coloured nightgown, out of the pocket of 
which peeped his hunting-horn. His high-crowned gray hat lay 
on the floor, covered with dust, but encircled by a carcanet of 
large balas rubies ; and he wore a blue velvet nightcap, in the 
front of which was placed the plume of a heron, which had been 
struck down by a favourite hawk in some critical moment of the 
flight, in remembrance of which the King wore this highly 
honoured feather. 

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rendering it a sobject of doubt amongst his contemporaries, and 
bequeathing it as a problem to future historians. He was deeply 
learned, without possessing useful knowledge ; sagacious in many 
individual cases, without having real wisdom ; fond of his power, 
and denrqns to maintain and augment it, yet willing to resign 
the dhreotion of that, and of himself, to the most unworthy ' 
favourites ; a big and bold assertor of his rights in Words, yet one 
who tamely saw them trampled on in deeds ; a lover of negotia- 
tions, m which he was always outwitted ; and one who feared 
war, where conquest might have been easy. He was fond of hia 
dignity, while he was perpetually degrading it by undue fami- 
liiuity ; capable of much public labour ; yet often neglecting it for 
the meanest amusement ; a wit, though a pedant ; and a scholar, 
though fond of ^e conversation of the ignorant and uneducated. 
Even his timidity of temper was not uniform ; and there were 
mom^its of his life, and those critical, in which he shewed the 
spirit of his ancestors. He was laborious in trifles, and a trifler 
where serious labour was required ; devout in his sentiments, 
and yet too often profane in his language ; just and beneficent by 
nature, he yet gave way to the iniquities and oppression of others. 
He was penurious respecting money which he had to give ^m 
his own hand, yet inconsiderately and unboundedly profuse of 
that which he did not see. In a word, those good quaHties 
wha<^ displayed themselves in pasticular cases and occasions, 
weace not of a nature sufficiently firm and comprehensive to 
regulate his general conduct ; and, shewing themselves as they 
oeca«onally did, only entitled James to the character bestowed 
mi him by Solly, — that he was the Visest fool in Christendom. 

That the fortunes of this monarch might be as Uttle of a piece 
as his character, he, certainly the least able of the Stewarts, 
succeeded peaceably to that kingdom, against the power of which 
his predecessors had, with so much difficulty, defended his native 
throne ; and, lastly, although his reign appeared calculated to 
ensure to Great Britain that lasting tranquillity and internal peace 
which so much suited the King's disposition, yet, during that 
very reign, were sown those seeds of dissention, which, like the 
teeUi of the fabulous dragon, had their harvest in a bloody and 
universal civil war.* t 

Such was the,monareh, who, saluting Heriot by the name of 
Jingling Geordie, (for it was his well-known custom to give nick- 
names to all those with whom he Vas on terms of familiarity,) 
inquired what new clatter-traps he Kad brought with him to cheat 
his lawful and native Prince out of lis siller. 

^ Grod forbid, my liege," said the citizen, '^ that I should have 
any such disloyal purpose. I did but bring a piece of plate to 
shew to your most gracious majesty, which, both for the subject 
and for the workmanship, I were joath to put into the hands of 
any subject until I knew your Majesty's pleasure anent it." 
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*< Body o* me, man, Iet*s tsee it, Heriot ; though, by my saol, 
Steenie's service o' plate was sae dear a bargain, I had 'maist 
pawned my word as a Royal King, to keep my ain gold and 
silver in future, and let you, Greordie, keep yours." 
' *^ Respecting the Duke of Buckingham's plate," said the gold- 
smith, <<your Majesty was pleased to direct that no expense 
should be spared, and " 

^ What signifies what I deared, man 1 when a wise man is 
with fules and bairns, he maun e*en play at the chucks. But 
you should have had mair sense and consideration than to gie 
Babie Charles and Steenie their ain gate ; they wad hae floored 
the very rooms wi' silver, and I wonder they djdna." 

Oeorge Heriot bowed, and said no more. He knew his master 
too well to vindicate himself otherwise than by a distant allusion 
to his order ; and James, with whom economy was only a tran- 
sient and momentary twinge of conscience, became immediately 
afterwards desirous to see the piece of plate which the goldsmilli 
proposed to exhibit, and despatched Maxwell to bring it tb his 
presence. In the meantime he demanded of the citizen whence 
he had procured it. 

** From Italy, may it please your Majesty," replied Heriot. 

" It has naething in it tending to papestrie 1" said the King, 
looking graver than his wont 

<< Surely not, please your Majesty," said Heriot ; ^ I were not 
wise to bring any thing to your presence that had the mark of the 
beast." 

*' You would be the mair beast yourself to do so," said the 
King ; '^ it is weel kend that I wrestled wi' Dagon in my youth, 
and smote him on the gound-eill of his own temple ; a gude evi- 
dence that I should be in time called, however unworthy, the 
Defender of the Faith. — But here comes Maxwell, bending 
under his burden, like the Grolden Ass of Apuleius." 

Heriot hastened to relieve the usher, and to place the embossed 
salver, for such it was, and of extraordinary dimensions, in a light 
favourable for his Majesty's viewing the sculpture. * 

*^ Saul of my body, man," said the King, ** it is a curious piece, 
and, as I think, fit for a King's chalmer ; and the subject, as you 
say. Master George, vera adequate and beseeming — being, as I 
see, the judgment of Solomon — a prince in whose paths it weel 
becomes a' leeving monarchs to walk with emulation." 

** But whose footsteps," said Maxwell," only one of them — if 
a subject may say so much — hath ever overtoken." 

** Hand your tongue for a fause fleeching loon 1" aud the King, 
but witli a smile on his face that shewed tlie flattery had done its 
part. " Look at the bonny piece of workmanship, and baud your 
clavering tongue. — And whase handiwork may it be, Creordie !" 

** It was wrought, sir," replied the goldsmith, *' by the famous 
Florentine, Benvenuto Cellini, and designed for Frauds the First 
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* Francis of France !" said the King ; ^ send Solomon, King 
of the Jews, to Francis of France ! — Body of me, man, it woold 
have kythed Cellini mad, had he never done ony thing else out 
of the gate. Francis ! — why, he was a fighting fiile, man,— a 
mere fighting fule, — got himsell ta'en at Pavia, Uke our ain David 
at Dorham kne syne ; — if tliey coold hae sent him Solomon's 
wit, and love of peace, and godlinea^ they wad hae dune him a 
better turn. But Solomon would sit in other gate company than 
Francis of France." 

** I trust that such will be his good fortune," said Heriot. 

^ It is a curious and vera artificial sculpture," said the King, 
in continuation ; ^ but yet, methinks, the camifex, or executioner 
there, is brandishing his gulley ower near the King's face, seeing 
he is within reach of his weapon. I think less wiiKlom than So- 
lomon*s wad have taught him that there was danger in edge-tools, 
and that he wad have bidden the smaik either sheath his shabble, 
or stand further back." 

G^eorge Heriot endeavoured to alleviate this objection, by 
asBuring the King that the vicinity betwixt Solomon and the 
executioner was nearer in appearance than in reahty, and that 
the perspective should be allowed lor. 

^ Gang to the deil wi' your prospective, man," said the King ; 
^ there canna be a waur prospective for a lawfu' king, wha 
wishes to reign in luve, and die in peace and honour, than to have 
naked swords flashing in his een. I am accounted as brave as 
maist folks ; and yet I profess to ye I could never look on a bare 
blade without blinking and winking. But a'thegither it is a brave 
piece ; — and what is the price of it, man !" 

The goldsmith replied by obserring, that it was not his own 
property, but that of a distressed e#untrynuui. 

^ Wlulk you mean to mak your excuse for asking the double of 
its worth, I warrant 1" answered the King. ^ I k^ the tricks of 
you burrows-town merchants, man^" 

^ I have no hopes of baffling your Majesty's sagacity," said 
Heriot ; << the piece is really what ] say, and the price a hundred 
and fifty pounds sterling, if it pleases your Majesty to make 
present payment." 

** A hundred and fifty punds, man I and as mony witches and 
warlocks to raise them 1" said the irritated Monarch. ''My saul. 
Jingling Geordie, ye are minded that your purse shall jihgle to a 
bonny tune ! — How am I to tell you down a hundred and fifty 
punds for what will not weigh as many merks ! and ye ken that 
my very household servitorsj, andjthe officers of my mouth, are 
sax months in arrear V* I 

The goldsmith stood his ground against all this objurgation, 
bang what he was well accustomed to, and only answered, that, 
if his Majesty liked the piece, and desired to possess it, the price 
could be easily settled. It was txue that the party required the 
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account, if saeh were his pleasure, and wait his royal eonveniency 
for payment, for that and other matters ; the money, meanwhile, 
lying at the ordinary usage. 

^ By my honour," said James, ^ and that is speaking like an 
honest and reasonable tradesman. We maun get another subsidy 
frae the Commons, and that will make ae compting of it. Awa 
wi' it, Maxwell — awa wi' it, and let it be set where Steenie and 
Babie Charles shall see it as they return from Richmond. — And 
now that we are secret, my good auld friend Geordie, I do truly 
opine, that speaking of Solomon and oinrselyes, the haiU wisdom 
in the country left Scotland, when we took oar travels to the 
Southland here." 

George Heriot was courtier enough to say, that '< the wise 
naturally folk>w the wisest, as stags foUow their leader." 

*^ Troth, I think there is someSiing in what thou sayest," said 
James ; <* for we ourselves, and those of our court and household, 
as thou thyself, for example, are allowed by the English, for as 
self-opinioned as they are, to pass for reasonable good wits ; but 
the brains of those we have left behind are all astir, and run dean 
hirdie-girdie, Uke sae mony warlocks and witches on the Devil's 
Sabbath-e'en." 

** I am sorry to hear this, my liege," said Heriot ** May it 
please your Grace to say what our countrymen have done to 
deserve such a character !" 

*^ They are become frantic, man — clean brain-crazed," answered 
the King. « I cannot keep tiiem out of the Court by aU the 
proclamations that the heralds roar themselves hoarse with. 
Yesterday, nae farther gane, just as we were mounted, and about 
to ride fotthf in rushed a thorough Edinburgh gutterblood — a 
ragged rascal, every dud upon whose back was bidding good-day 
to the other, with a coat and hat that would have served a pease- 
bogle, and, without havings oi reverence, thrusts into our hands, 
like a sturdy beggar, some Supplication about debts owing by our 
gracious mother, and siclike trash ; whereat the horse spangs on 
end, and, but for our admirable sitting, wherein we have been 
thought to excel maist sovmnign princes, as well as subjects, in 
Europe, I promise you we would have been laid endlang on the 
causeway." 

" Your Majesty," said Heriot, ^ is their common father, and 
therefor^ they are the bold^ to press into your gradous pre- 
sence." 

*< I ken I am pcUer pcUria well enough," said James ; *^ but 
one would think they had a mind to squeeze my puddings out, 
that they may divide the inheritance. Ud's death, Geordie, tiiere 
is not a k)on among them can deliver a Supplication, as it raid be 
done in the face of majesty." 

^ I would I knew the most fitting and beseeming mode to do 
so," said Heriot, '' were it but to instruct our poor countrymen 
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'^ By my haJ&^kome" said the King, " ye are a ceevileezed fellow. 
Geordie, and I carena if I fling awa as much time as may teach 
ye. And, first, see you, sir — ^ye shall approach the presence of 
Majesty ^us, — ^ladowing your eyes witii your hand, to testify 
diat yon are in ihe presence of the Vicegerent of Heayen. — Vera 
weel, George, that is done in a comely manner. — Then, sir, ye sail 
kned, and make as if you would kiss the hem of our garment, the 
latch of oar shoe, or such like. Vera wed enacted — whilk we, 
as being willing to he debonair and pleasing towards our lieges, 
prevent tiius, — and motion to you to rise ; — whilk, having a boon 
to ask, as yet you obey not, but, gliding your hand into your pouch, 
bring forth your supplication, and place it reverentially in our open 
palm." The goldsmith, who had complied with great accuracy 
with all the prescribed pmnts of the ceremonial, here completed 
it, to James's no small astonishment, by placing in his hand the 
petition of the Lord of Glenvarloch* ^ What means tiiis, ye fause 
loon !'' said he, reddening and sputtering ; << hae I been teaching 
you the manual exercise, that ye sold present your piece at our 
ain royal body S — Now, by this light, I had as lief that ye had 
bended a real pistolet against me, and yet this hae ye done 
in my very cabinet, where nought suld enter but at my ain 
pleasure." 

^ I trust, your Majesty,'' sdd Heriot, as he continued to kneel, 
^ will forgive my exercising the lesson you condescended to give 
me in the behalf of a friend I" 

^ Of afrtend !" said the King ; ''so much the waur — so much 
tfae waur, I tell you. If it had been something to do yowrttU good, 
there would have been some sense in it, and some chance that you 
wad not have come back on me in 4 hurry ; but a man may have 
a httadved friends, and petitions iw every ane of them, ilk ane 
after other." 

" YcMBT Majesty, I trust," said Heriot, « will judge me by former 
experience, and will not suspect mei of such presumption." 

** I kenna," said the placable moitan^ ; ^* the world goes daft, I 
think — 9ed sunel inMnimnms omneti^^ou art my old and faithful 
servant, that is the truth ; and, were 't any thing for thy own behoctf, 
man, thou shouldst not ask twice. But, tro&, Steenie loves me 
so deariy, that he cares not that anV one should ask favours of me 
bat himself^ — Maxweli, (for the asner had re-entered after having 
carried off the plate,) get into the ailte-efaambOT wi' your lang lugs. 
— In conscience, Geordie, I think as that thou hast been mine ain 
aold fidttciaory, and wert my goldsmith when I might say with the 
Bdimie poet — Non meS. reMet in ^no lacunar — ^for, faith, they 
Imd pillaged my mither's auld hoiise sae, that beechen bickers, 
and treen trenchers, and lattoi patters, were whiles the best at 
our board, and glad we were of something to put on them, without 
qaarrelling with the metal of the idishes. D 'ye mind, for thou 
w«rt in maist af our complots, how We were han to send sax of the 
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poultry-yard, and what an awfd' plaint the poor dame made against 
Jock of Milch, and the thieves of Annandiue, wha were aaaaddeiB 
of the deed as I am of the sin of murder !" 

** It was the better for Jock,*' said Heriot ; ** for if I remember 
weel, it saved him from a strapping up at Dumfries, which he had 
weel deserved for other misdeeds." 

**• Ay, man, mind ye that V* said the King ; ^ but he had other 
virtues, for he was a tight huntsman, moreover, that Jock of Milch, 
and could hollow to a hound till all the woods rang again. But he 
came to an Annandale end at the last, for Lord Torthorwald run 
his hiuce out through him. — Cocksnails, man, when I think of 
these wild passages, in my conscience, I am not sure but we lived 
merrier in auld H(^3rrood in these shifting days, than now when 
we are dwelling at heck and manger. CcMkUnt wk>uu$ — we had 
but little to care for.** 

" And if your Majesty please to remember,'* said the goldsmith, 
''the awfiil task we had to gather silver- vessail and gold-work 
enough to make some show before the Spanish Ambassador.*' 

** Vera true,'* said the King, now in a full tide of gossip, ^ and 
I mind not the name of the right leal lord that helped us with 
every unee he had in his house, that his native Prince mi^t 
have some credit in the eyes of them that had the Indies at their 
beck." 

** I think, if your Majesty," said the citizen, " will cast your 
eye on the paper in your lumd, you will recollect his name." 

^ Ay !" said the King, ^ say ye sae, man ? — Lord Glenvarloch, 
that was his name inde^ — Justus €t tenax propositi — A just man, 
but as obstinate as a baited bull. He stood whiles against us, 
that Lord Randal OUfaunt of Glenvarloch, but he was a loving 
and a leal subject in the main. But this supplicator maun be his 
son — Randal has been long gone where king and lord must go^ 
Geordie, as we^l as the like of you — and what does his son want 
with us !** 

" The settlement," answered the citizen, '^ of a large debt due 
by your Majesty's treasury, for money advanced to your Majesty 
in great state emergency, about the time of the Raid of Ruthven." 

^* I mind the tmng weel,** said King James — *< Od*s death, 
man, I was just out of the clutches of the Master of Glamis and 
his complices, and there was never siller mair welcome to a bora 
Prince, — the mair the sham« and pity that crowned King should 
need sic a petty sum. But what need he dun us for it, 
man, like a baxter at the breaking t We aught him the siller, 
and will pay him wi* our convenience, or make it otherwise up to 
him, whilk is enow between prince and subject-"- We are not in 
meditations fugcB, man, to be arrested thus peremptorily." 

** Alas ! an it please your Majesty,*' said the goldsmith, shaking 
his head, ^ it is the poor young nobleman's extreme necessity, 
and not his will, tint makes him importunate ; for he must have 
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Peterson, Conservator of the Privileges at Campvere, or his haill 
hereditary barony and estate of Glenvarloch will be evicted in 
virtue of an unredeemed wadset." 

** How say ye, man — how say ye 1" exclaimed the Kin^, im- 
patiendy ; ^ the carle of a Conservator, the son of a Low-Dutch 
skipper, evict the auld estate and lordship of the house of Oh- 
faunt ! — God's bread, man, that maun not be — we maun sus- 
pend the diligence by writ of favour, or otherwise." 

** I doubt that may hardly be," answered the citizen, *^ if it 
please your Majesty ; your learned counsel in the law of Scotland 
advise, that there is no remeid but in paying the money." 

** Ud's fish," said the King, ** let him keep baud by the strong 
hand against the carle, until we can take some order about his 
affairs." 

^ Alas r' infflsted the goldsmith, *^ if it like your Majesty, your 
own pacific government, and your doing of equal justice to all 
men, has made main force a kittle line to walk by, unless just 
within the bounds of the Highlands." 

**Weel — weel — weel, man," said the perplexed monarch, 
whose ideas of justice, expedience, and convenience, became on 
such occasions strangely embroiled ; '^ just it is we should pay 
our debts, that the young man may pay his ; and he must be paid, 
and in verbo regis he shall be paid — but how to come by the siller, 
man, is a difficult chapter — ye maun try the city, Geordie." 

^ To say the truth," answered H^eriot, <^ please your gracious 
Majesty, what betwixt loans and benevolences, and subsidies, the 
city is at this present " 

« Donna tell me of what the city is," said King James ; *' our 
Exchequer is as dry as Dean Giles'i^ discourses on the peniten- 
tiarj psalms — Ejb nihilo nihil fit — It's ill taking the breeks aff 
a wild Highlandman — they that come to me for siller, should 
tefl me how to come by it — the city ye maun try, Heriot ; and 
donna think to be called Jingling Geordie for nothing — and in 
9erho regit I will pay the lad if you get me the loan — I wonnot 
haggle on the terms ; and, between vou and me, Greordie, we will 
redeem the brave auld estate of Glenvarloch. — But wherefore 
e(Hnes not the young lord to Court, Heriot — is he comely — is 
he presentable in the presence !" 

*• No one can be more so," said €)eorge Heriot ; ** but " 

** Ay, I understand ye," said his Majesty — ** I understand ye 
— Ret angufta domi — puir lad — puir lad ! — and his father a 
right true leal Scots heart, though stiff in some opinions. Hark 
je, Heriot, let the lad have twa hundred pounds to fit him out. 
And, here — here" — (taking the ctrcanet of rubies from his old 
hat) — ^ ye have had ^ese in pledge before for a brger sum, ye 
auld Levite that ye are. Keep thefei in gage, tiU I gie ye back 
the siUer out of fjie next subsidy." 

« If it t^ease your majesty to givt me suctf dbections in writ- 
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** The ddl is in your nicety, George," said the King ; ** ye are 
as preceese as a Puritan in form, and a mere Nullifidmn in the 
marrow of the matter. May not a King's word serve you for 
advancing your pitiful twa hundred pounds V* 

** But not for detaining the crown jewels," said Greorge Heriot. 

And the King, who from long experience was inured to dealing 
with suspicious creditors, wrote an order upon George Heriot, his 
well-heloved goldsmith and jeweller, for the sum of two hundred 
pounds, to he paid presently to Nigel Olifaunt, Lord of Glenvar- 
loch, to be imputed as so much debts due to him by the crown ; 
and authorinng the retention of a carcanet of balas rubies, with 
a great diamond, as described in a Catalogue of his Majesty's 
Jewels, to remain in possession of the said George Heriot, advancer 
of the said sum, and so forth, until he was lawfully contented and 
paid thereof. By another rescript, his Majesty gave the said 
George Heriot directions to deal with some of the moneyed m^i, 
upon equitable terms, for a sum of money for his Majest}''8 
present use, not to be under 50,000 merks, but as much more as 
could conveniently be procured. 

*' And has he ony lair, this Lord Nigel of ours ?" said the King. 

George Heriot could not exactly answer this question ; but 
believed " the young lord had studied abroad." 

** He shall have our own advice," said the King, *' how to carry 
on his studies to maist advantage ; and it may be we will have him 
come to Court, and study with Steenie^and Babie Charles. And, 
now we think on 't, away — away, George — for the bairns wiH 
be coming hame presently, and we would not as yet they kend 
of this matter we have been treating anent. Propera pedem, 
O Geordie. Clap your mule between your hough, and god-den 
with you." 

Thus ended the conference betwixt the gentle King Jamie and 
his benevolent jeweller and goldsmith. 



CHAPTER VI. 

Oh, I do know him — 'tis the mouldy lemon 
Whjoh our court wits will wet their lips withal. 
When they would sauce their honeyed conversation 
With somewhat sharper flavour. -1 Marry, sir. 
That virtue's well-ni^ left him— all the juice 
That was so sharp and poignant, is squeezed out s 
While the poor rind, although as soiu* as ever, 
Must season soon Hie draff we give our grunters. 
For two-lcgg'd things «re weary on*t. 

The Chamberlain— A Comedjf. 

The good company invited by the hospitable citizen aasefubled 
at his house in Loihbard Street at the '' hollow and hungry hour" 
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ai)oat the time when modem persons of &shion, turning them- 
aelres upon their pillow, begin to think, not witliout a great many 
doubts and much hesitation, that they will by and by commence 
it Thither came the young Nigel, arrayed plainly, but in a dress, 
nevertheless, more suitable to his age and quality than he had 
formerly worn, accompanied by his servant Moniplies, whose 
outside also was considerably improved. His solemn and stem 
features gkured forth from under a blue velvet bonnet, fantasti- 
cally placed sideways on his head — he had a sound and tough 
coat of English blue broad-cloth, which, unlike his former vest- 
ment, would have stood the tug of all the apprentices in Fleet- 
street. The buckler and broadsword he wore as the arms of his 
condition, and a neat silver badge, bearing his lord's arms, 
announced that he was an appendage of aristocracy. He sat 
down in the good citizen's buttery, not a little pleased to find his 
attendance upon the table in the hall was likely to be rewarded 
with his share of a meal such as he had seldom partaken of. 

Mr David Ramsay, that profound and ingenious mechanic, was 
safely conducted to Lombard Street, according to promise^ well 
washed, brushed, and cleaned, from the soot of the furnace and 
the forge. His daughter, who came with him, was about twenty 
years old, very pretty, very demure, yet with lively black eyes, 
that ever and anon contradicted the expression of sobriety, to 
which silence, reserve, a plain velvet hood, and a cambric ruff, 
had condenmed Mistress Marget, as the daughter of a quiet 
citizen. 

There were also two citizens and merchants of London, men 
ample in cloak, and many-linked golden chain, well to pass in the 
world, and experienced in their craft of merchandise, but who 
require no particular description. There was an elderly clergy- 
man also, in his gown and cassock, a decent venerable man, par- 
taking in his manners of the plainness of the citizens amongst 
whom he had his cure. 

These may be dismissed with brief notice; but not so Sir 
Mnngo Malagrowther, of Gimigo Castle, who claims a little more 
attention, as an original chanicter of the time in which he 
flourished. 

That good knight knocked at Master Heriot's door just as the 
clock began to strike twelve, and w«8 seated in his chair ere the 
last stroke had chimed. This gave the knight an excellent 
opportunity of making sarcastic observations on all who came 
later than himself, not to mention a few rubs at the expense of 
those who had been so superfluous as to appear earlier. 

Having tittle or no property save his bare designation. Sir 
liungo had been early attached to Court in the capacity of 
whipping-boy, as the office was then called, to King James the 
Sixth, and, with his Majesty, trained to all potite learning by his 
eelebrated preceptor, George Buchanan. Th^ffice of whipping- 
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punishmeiit which the Lord's Anmuted, whose proper person was 
of course sacred, might chance to iucur, in Uie course of trarelliiifl; 
through his grammar and prosody. Under the stem rule, iiidee<^ 
of Greorge Buchanan, who did not approve of the vicarious mode 
of punishment, James bore the penance of his own faults, and 
Mungo Malagrowther enjoyed a sinecure; but James's other 
pedagogue, Master Patrick Young, went more eereraoniously to 
work, and appalled the very soul of the youthful King by the 
floffgings which he bestowed on the whipping-boy, when uie royal 
ta& was not suitably performed. And be it told to Sir Mungo's 
praise, that there were points about him in the highest respect 
suited to his official situation. He had even in youth a natuntUy 
irregular and grotesque set of features, which, when distorted by 
fear, pain, and anger, looked like one of tiie whimacal faces 
which present themselves in a Grothic cornice. His voice also 
was high-pitched and querulous, so that, when smarting under 
Master Peter Young's unsparing inflictions, the expression of his 
grotesque physiognomy, and the superhuman yells which he 
uttered, were w^Il suited to produce all the effects on the 
Monarch who deserved the lash, that could possibly be produced 
by seeing another and an innocent individual suffering for his 
delict. 

Sir Mungo Malagrowther, for such he became, thus got an 
early footing at Court, which another would have improved and 
maintained. But, wiien he grew too big to be whipped, he bad 
no other means of rendering himself acceptable. A bitter, 
caustic, and backbiting humour, a malicious wit, and an envy of 
others more prosperous than the possessor of such amiable 
qualities, have not, indeed, always been found obstacles to a 
courtier's rise ; but then they must be amalgamated with a degree 
of selfish cunning and prudence, of which Sir Mungo had no 
share. His satire ran riot, his envy could not conceal itself, and 
it was not long after his majority till he had as many quarrels 
upon his hands as would Imve required a cat's nine Hves to 
answer. In one ef these rencontres he received, perhaps we 
should say fortunately, a wound, which served him as an excuse 
for answering no invitations of the kind in future. Sir Rulliou 
Rattray, of Ranagullion, cut off, in mortal combat, three of the 
fingers of his right hand, so that Sir Mungo never could h<^d 
sword again. At a later period, having written some satirical 
verses upon the Lady Cockpen, he received so severe a chastise- 
ment from some persons employed for tlie purpose, that he was 
found half dead on the spot where they had thus dealt with him, 
and one of his thighs having been broken, and ill set, gave him a 
hitch in his gait, with which he hobbled to his grave. The lame- 
ness of his leg and band, besides that they added considerably to 
the grotesque appearance of this original, procured him in future 
a personal immunity from tlie more dangerous consequences of 
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Cnnrt, in safety of life and Umb, though without cither making 
friends, or attaining preferment. Sometimes, indeed, the King 
was amused with hus caustic sallies, but he had never art enough 
to improve the fovourable opportunity; and his enemies (who 
were for that matter the whole Court) always fotmd means to 
throng him out of favour again. The celebrated Archie Arm- 
stnmg ofiered Sir Mungo, in his generosity, a skirt of his own 
fool's coat, proposing thereby to communicate to him the privi- 
leges and immunities of a professed jester — ** For," said the man 
of motley, ^ Sir Mungo, as he goes on just now, gets no more for 
a good jest ihsLa just the King's pardon for having made it.*' 

Even in London, the golden shower which fell around him, did 
not moisten the blighted fortunes of Sir Mungo Malagrowtber. 
He grew old, deaf, and peevish — lost even the spirit which had 
formerly animated his strictures — and was barely endured by 
James, who, though himself nearly as far stricken in years, re- 
tained, to an unusual and even an absurd degree, the desire to be 
surrounded by young people. 

Sir Mungo, thus fallen into the ydlow leaf of years and fortune, 
shewed his emancipated form and faded embroidery at Court as 
seldom as his duty permitted ; and spent his time in indulging his 
food for satire in the public walks, and in the aisles d[ Saint 
Paul's, which were then the general resort of newsmongers and 
characters of all descriptions, associating himself chiefly with 
such of his countrymen as be accounted of inferior birth and 
rank to himself. In this manner, hating and contemning com- 
meroe, and those who pursued it, he nevertheless lived a good 
deal among the Scottish artists and merchants, who had followed 
the Court to London. To these he could shew his cynicism with- 
out much offence ; for some submitted to his jeers and ill-humour 
in deference to his birth and knighthood, which in those days 
eonferred high privileges — and othisrs, of more sense, pitied and 
endured the old man, unhappy alike in his fortunes and his 
temper. 

Amongst the latter was George Heriot, who, though his habits 
and education induced him to cany aristocratical feelings to a 
degree which would now be thought extravagant, had too much 
spirit and good sense to permit himself to be intruded upon to an 
unauthorized excess, or used with the slightest unproper freedom, 
by such a person as Sir Mungo, lo whom he was, nevertheless, 
not only respectfully civil, but essentially kind, and even 
generous. 

Accordingly, this appeared from the manner in which Sir 
Mungo Malagrowtber conducted himself upon entering the apart- 
ment. He paid his respects to Master Heriot, and a decent, 
elderly, somewhat severe-looking female, in a coif, who, by the 
name of Aunt Ju(^, did the hohonrs of his house and table, 
with little or no portion of the supercilious acidity, which his 
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fdvely to David Ramsay, and the two sober citizens. He thrust 
himself into the conversation of the latter, to observe he had 
heard in Paul's, that the bankrupt concerns of Pindivide, a great 
merchant, — who, as he expressed it, had given the crows a 
puddin?, and on whom he knew, from the same authority, each 
of the honest citizens had some unsettled claim, — was hke to 
prove a total loss — ^ stock and block, ship and cargo, keel and 
ri^ng, all lost, now and for ever." 

The two citizens grinned at each other ; but too prudent to 
make their private affairs the subject of public discussion, drew 
their heads together, and evaded fartiier conversation by speak- 
ing in a whisper. 

The old Scots knight next attacked the watchmaker witii the 
same disrespectful fimiiliarity. — ** Davie," he said, — " Davie, ye 
donnard auld idiot, have ye no gane mad yet, with applying your 
mathematical science, as ye call it, to the Book of Apocalypse t 
I expected to have heard ye make out the sign of the beast, as 
clear as a tout on a bawbee whistie." 

^Why, Sir Mungo," said the mechanist, after making an 
effort to recall to his recollection what had been said to him, and 
by whom, ^ it may be, that ye are nearer the mark than ye are 
yoursell aware of ; for, taking the ten horns o' the beast,* ye may 
easily estimate by your digitals " 

^My digits! you d — d auld, rusty, good-for-nothing time- 
piece !" exclaimed Sir Mungo, while, betwixt jest and earnest, he 
laid on his hilt his hand, or rather his claw, (for Sir Bullion's 
broadsword had abridged it into that form,) — ^D'ye mean to 
upbraid me with my ^lutilation t" 

Master Heriot interfered. **T cannot persuade our fnend 
David," he said, ''that scriptural prophecies are intended to 
renuiin in obscurity, until their unexpected accomplishment shall 
make, as in former days, that fulfilled which was written. But 
you must not exert your knightly valour on him for all that." 

" By my saul, and it would be throwing it away," said Sir 
Mungo, laughing. ^ I would as soon set out, with hound and 
horn, to hunt a sturdied sheep ; for he is in a doze again, and up 
to the chin in numerals, quotients, and dividends. — Mistress 
Margaret, my pretty honey," for the beauty of the young citizen 
made even Sir Mungo Malagrowther's grim features relax them- 
selves a littie, ^ is your father always as entertaining as he seems 
just now !" 

Mistress Margaret simpered, bridled, looked to either side, then 
straight before her ; and, having assumed all the airs of bashful 
embarrassment and timidity which were necessary, as she thought, 
to cover a oertun shrewd readiness which really belonged to her 
character, at length replied, " That indeed her father was very 
thoughtful, but she had heard, that he took the habit of mind 
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had heard her aright, — ** Said she her grandfather I The lassie 
in distitkoght ! — I ken nae wench on this side of Temple-Bar that 
is derived firom so distant a rehition." 

** She has got a god^Either, however, Sir Mango," said George 
Heriot, again interfering ; ** and I hope you will allow him inte- 
rest enoagh with you, to request you will not put his pretty god- 
child to so deep a hliuh." 

•* The hotter — the better,** said Sir Mungo. « It is a credit to 
her, that, bred and bom within the sound of Bow-bell, she can 
blush for any thing ; and, by my saul. Master George/* he conti- 
nued chucking the irritated and reluctant damsel under the chin, 
** she is bonny enough to makeAmends for her lack of ancestry — 
at least, in such a region as Cheapside, where, d'ye mind me, the 

kettle cannot call the porridge-pot *' 

The damsel blushed, but not so angrily as before. Master 
Georse Heriot hastened to interrupt the conclusion of Sir Mungo's 
hom^y proverb^ by introducing him personally to Lord Nigel. 

Sir Muneo could not at first understand what his host said. — 
•* Bread of Heaven, what say ye, man !** 

Upon the name of Nigel Olifaunt, Lord Glenvarloch, being 
again hollowed into his ear, he drew up, and, regarding his 
entertainer with some austerity, rebuked him for not making 
persons of quality acquainted with each other, that they mieht 
exchange courtesies before they mingled with other folks. He 
then made as handsome and courtly a congee to his new acquain- 
tance as a man maimed in foot and hand could do ; and, observ- 
ing he had known my lord, his father, bid him welcome to London, 
and hoped he should see him at Court 

Nigd in an instant comprehended, as well from Sir Muni's 
manner, as from a strict compression of their entertainer's hps, 
which intimated the suppression of a desire to laugh, that he was 
dealing with an original of no ordinary description, and, accord- 
ingly, returned his courtesy with suitable punctiliousness. Sir 
Mungo, in the meanwhile, gazed on him with much earnestness ; 
and, as the contemplation of natural advantages was as odious to 
Him as that of wealth, or other adventitious benefits, he had no 
sooner completely perused the handsome form and good features 
of the young lord, than, like one of the comforters of the man of 
Uz, he drew close up to him, to enlarge on the former grandeur 
of the Lords of Glenvarloch, and the regret with which he had 
heard, that their representative was not Ukely. to possess the 
domains of his ancestry. Anon, he enlarged upon the beauties 
of the principal mansion of Glenvarloch — the commanding site 
of the old castle — the noble expahse of the lake, stocked with 
wild-fowl for hawking — the commanding screen of forest, termi- 
nating in a mountain-ridge abounding with deer — and all the 
other advantages of that fine and ancient barony, till Nigel, in 
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Sir MungO, skilfol in disoeming when the witiiers of those he 
convened with were wrung, observed that his new acquiuntuice 
winced, and would willingly have pressed the discussion ; but the 
cook's impatient knock upon the dresser with the haft of fais 
dudgeon-knife, now gave a signal loud enou^ to be heard from 
the top of the house to the bottom, summoning, at the same time^ 
tiie serving-men to place the dinner upon the table, and the 
guests to partake of it. 

Sir Mungo, who was an admirer of good cheer, — a taste which, 
by the way, might have some weight in reconciling his dignity to 
these city visits, — was tolled off by the sound, and left Nigel and 
the other guests in peace, until his anxiety to arrange himself in 
his due place of pre-eminence at the genial board was duly grati- 
fied. Here, seated on the left hand of Aunt Judith, he l^hdd 
Nigel occupy the station of yet higher honour on the right, 
dividing that matron from pretty Mistress Margaret ; but he saw 
this with the more patience, that there stood betwixt him and the 
young lord a superb-larded capon. 

The dinner proceeded according to the form of the times. All 
was excellent of the kind ; and, besides the Scottish cheer pro- 
mised, the board displayed beef and pudding, the statutory dain- 
ties of old England. A small cupb<Mird of plate, very dlioioely 
and beautifully wrought, did not escape the compliments of some 
of the company, and an oblique sneer from Sir Mungo, as inti- 
mating the owner's excellence in his own mechanical craft. 

*' I am not ashamed of the workmanship, Sir Mungo," said the 
honest citizen. ^ They say, a good cook knows how to lick ins 
own fingers ; and, methinks, it were unseemly that I, who have 
furnished half the cupboards in broad Britain, diould have my 
own covered with paltry pewter." 

The blessing of the dergyman now left the guests at liberty to 
attack what was placed before them ; and the meal went forward 
with great decorum, until Aunt Judith, in farther recommenda- 
tion of the capon, assured her company, that it was of a celebrated 
breed of poultry, which she had herself brought from Scotland. 

'* Then, like some of his countrymen, madam," said the pitiless 
Sir Mungo, not without a glance towards his landlord, ^ he has 
been well larded in England." 

" There are some others of his countrymen," answered Master 
Heriot, ^ to whom all the lard in England has not been able to 
render that good office." 

Sir Mungo sneered and reddened, the rest of the company* 
laughed ; and the satirist, who had his reasons for not coming to 
extremity with Master George, was silent for the rest of the 
dinner. 

The dishes were exchanged for confections, and wine of the 
highest quality and flavour ; and Nigel saw the entertainments 
of the wealthiest burgomasters, which he had witnessed abro:irl, 
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was noHung ostentatious, or which seemed inconsistent with the 
degree of an opulent burgher. 

While the collation proceeded, Nigel, according to ihe good- 
breeding of the time, addressed his discourse principally to Mrs 
Judith ; whom be found to be a woman of a strong Scottish 
understanding, more inclined towards the Puritans than was her 
brother George, (for in that relation she stood to him, though he 
always called her aunt,) attached to him in the strongest degree, 
and sedulously attentive to all his comforts. As the conyersation 
of this good dame was neither lively nor fascinating, the young 
lord naturally addressed himself next to the old horologer^s very 
pretty daughter, who sat upon his left hand. From her, however, 
there was no extracting any reply beyond the measure of a mono- 
syllable ; and when the young gallant had said the best and most 
complaisant things which his courtesy suppUed, the smile that 
mantled upon her pretty mouth was so slight and evanescent, as 
scarce to be discernible. 

Nigel was beginning to tire of his company, for the old citizens 
were speaking with his host (^ commercial matters in language to 
bim totally unintelligible, when Sir Mungo Malagrowther sud- 
denly summoned their attention. 

That amiable personage had for some time withdrawn from the 
company into the recess of a projecting window, so formed and 
placed, as to command a view of the door of the house, and of the 
street. This situation was probably preferred by Sir Mungo on 
account of the number of objects which the streets of a metropo- 
lis usually offer, of a kind congenial to the thoughts of a splenetic 
man. What he had hitherto seen passing there, was probably of 
Httle consequence ; but now a trampling of horse was heard with- 
out, and the knight suddenly exclaimed, — " By my faith, Master 
George, you had better go look to shop ; for here comes Kn^hton, 
the Duke of Buckingham's groom, and two fellows after him, as 
if he were my Lord Duke himself." 

"My cash-keeper is below," said Heriot, without disturbing 
himse^, " and he will let me know if his Grace's commands re- 
quire my immediate attention." 

"Umph! — cash-keeper r' muttered Sir Mungo to himself; 
<* he wad have had an easy office when I first kend ye. — But," 
said he, speaking aloud, ** will you not come to the window, at 
least? for Knighton has trundled a piece of silver-plate into your 
house — ha ! ha ! ha ! — trundled it upon its edge, as a callan' 
> would drive a hoop. I cannot help Uughing — ha ! ha ! ha !— at 
the fellow's impn(tenoe." 

** I believe you could not help laughing," said George Heriot, 
rising up and leaving the room, " if your best friend lay dying." 

"Bitter that, my lord — hal" said Sir Mungo, addressing 
Nigel. ** Our friend is not a goldsmith fpr nothing — he hath no 
leaden wit. But I will go down, and see what comes on't." 
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Up, with some concern in his face. — " Why, how now, Roberts," 
said the goldsmith, '' what means all this, man V* 

*< It is Knighton, Master Heriot, from the court — ^^ Knighton, 
the Duke's man. He brought back the salyer you earned to 
Whitehall, flung it into the entrance as if it had been an old 
pewter platter, and bade me tell you, the King would have none 
of your trumpery," 

" Ay, indeed !" said Greorge Heriot — " None of my trumpery j 
— Come hither into the compting-room, Roberts. — Sir Mungo," 
he added, bowing to the knight, who had joined, and was pre- 
paring to follow them, ^ I pray your forgiveness for an instant." 

In virtue of this prohibition. Sir Mungo, who, as well as 
the rest of the company, had overheard what passed betwixt 
George Heriot and his cash-keeper, saw himself condemned to 
wait in the outer business-room, "Where he would have endeavoured 
to slake his eager curiosity by questiohing Knighton ; but that 
emissary of greatness, after having added to the uncivil message 
of his master some rudeness of his own, had again scampered 
westward, with his satellites at his heels. 

In the meanwhile, the name of the Duke of Buckingham, the 
omnipotent favourite both of the King and the Prince of Wales, 
had struck some anxiety into the party which remained in the 
great parlour. He was more feared than beloved, and, if not 
absolutely of a tyrannical disposition, was accounted haughty, 
violent, and vindictive. It pressed on Nigel's heart, that he 
himself, though he could not conceive how, nor why, might be the 
original cause of the resentment of the Duke against his bene- 
factor. The others made their comments in whispers, until the 
sounds reached Ramsay, who had not heard a word of what had 
previously passed, but, plunged in those studies with which he 
connected every other incident and event, took up only the catch- 
word, and replied, — " The Duke — the Duke of Buckingham — " 
George Villiers — ay — I have spoke with Lambe about him.*' 

" Our Lord and our Lady ! Now, how can you say so, father !" 
said his daughter, who had shrewdness enough to see that her 
. father was touching upon dangerous ground. 

*' Why, ay, child," answered Ramsay; *' the stars do but incline, 
they cannot compel. But well you wot, it is commonly said of 
his Grace, by those who have the skill to cast nativities, that 
there was a notable conjunction of Mars and Saturn — ^ the appa- 
rent or true time of which, reducing the calculations of Kich- 
stadius nuide for the latitude of Oranienburgh to that of London, 
gives seven hours, fifty-five minutes, and forty-one seconds " 

^ Hold your peace, old soothsayer," said Heriot, who at that 
instant entered the room with a calm and steady countenance ; 
«your calculations are true and undeniable when they regard 
brass and wire, and mechanical force ; but future events are at 
the pleasure of Him who bears the hearts of kings in his hands." 

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ooDCorrenoe of signs at this gentleman's birth, which shewed his 
coarse would be a strange one. Long has it been said of him, be 
was bom at the very meeting of night and day, and under cross- 
ing and c(mtending influences that may affect both us and him. 

* Full moon and high sea, 
Great man slialt thou be ; 
Red dawning, stormy sky, 
Bloody death slialt thou die.* ** 

'^ It is not good to speak of such things," said Heriot, ** espe- 
dally of the great ; stone walls have ears, and a bird of the air 
shall carry the matter." 

Several of the guests seemed to be of their host's opinion. The 
two merchants took brief leave, as if under consciousness that 
something was wrong. Mistress Margaret, her body-guard of 
'prentices being in readiness, plucked her father by the sleeve, 
and, rescuing him from a brown study, (whether referring to the 
wheels of Time, or to that of Fortune, is uncertain,) wished good 
night to her friend Mrs Judith, and received her godfather's 
blessing, who, at the same time, put upon her slender finger a 
ring of much taste and some value ; for he seldom suffered her 
to leave him without some token of hb affection. Thus honour- 
ably dismissed, and accompanied by her escort, she set forth on 
her return to Fleet Street. 

Sir Mungo had bid adieu to Master Heriot as he came out from 
the back compting-rooro, but such was the interest which he took 
in the affairs of his friend, that, when Master George went up 
stairs, he could not help walking into that sanctum sanctorum, to 
see how Master Roberts was employed. The knight found the 
<!ash-keeper busy in making extracts from those huge brass- 
clasped leathern-bound manuscript folios, which are the pride and 
trust of dealers, and the dread of customers whose year of grace 
is out The good knight leant his elbows on the desk, and said to 
the fanctionary, in a condoling tone of voice, — *' What ! you have 
lost a good customer, I fear. Master Roberts, and are busied in 
making out his bill of charges 1" 

Now, it chanced that Roberts, like Sir Mungo himself, was a 
little deaf, and, like Sir Mungo, knew also how to make the most 
of it ; so that he answered at cross purposes, — '^ I humbly crave 
your pardon. Sir Mungo, for not having sent in your bill of 
charge sooner, but my master bade me not disturb you. I will 
bring the items together in a moment" So saying, he began to 
torn over the leaves of his book of &te, murmuring, ^ Repairing 
ane silver seal — new clasp to lus chain of oflSce — ane over-gilt 
brooch to his hat, bemg a Saint Andrew's cross, with thistles — a 
copper gilt pair of spurs, — this to Daniel Driver, we not dealing 
in the article," 

He would have proceeded; but Sir Mungo, not prepared to 
endure the recital of the catalogue of his own petty debts, and 
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keeper, caYaUerly, good-night, and left the house without UtxibeT 
ceremony. The clerk looked after him with a ciril dty sneer, 
and immediately resumed the more serious labours which Sir 
Mongols intrusion had interrupted. * 



CHAPTER VII. 

Thinn needful we have thought on ; but the thing 
Of all moflt needful— that which Scripture terms. 
As if alone it merited regard. 
The ONS thing needful — that *8 yet unconsider'd. 

The Chamberlain, 

When the rest of the company had taken their departure from 
Master Heriot's house, the young Lord of Glenvarloch lUso 
offered to take leave ; but his host detained him for a few minutes, 
until all were gone excepting the clerg3rman. 

** My lord," then said the worthy citizen, ** we have had our 
permitted hour of honest and hospitable pastime, and now I 
would fain delay you for another and graver purpose, as it is our 
custom, when we have the benefit of good Mr Windsor's com- 
pany, that he reads the prayers of the church for the evening 
before we separate. Your excellent father, my lord, would not 
have departed before feunily worship — I hope the same from 
your lordship." 

^ With pleasure, ur," answered Nigel ; ^ and you add in the 
invitation an additional obligation to those with which you have 
loaded me. When young men forget what is their duty, they owe 
deep thanks to the friend who will remind them of it" 

While they talked together in this manner, the serving-men 
had removed the folding-tables, brought forward a portable 
reading-desk, and placed chairs and hassocks for their master, 
their mistreat, and the noble stranger. Another low chair, or 
rather a sort of stool, was placed close beside that of Master 
Heriot; and though the circumstance was trivial, Nigel was 
induced to notice it, because, when about to occupy that seat, he 
was prevented by a sign from the old gentleman, and motioned to 
another of somewhat more elevation. The clergyman took his 
station behind the reading-desk. The domestics, a numerous 
family both of clerks and servants, including MonipUes, attended 
with great gravity, and were accommodated vnth benches. 

The household were all seated, and, externally at least, com- 
posed to devout attention, when a low knock was heard at the 
door of the apartment; Mrs Judith looked anxiously at her 
brother, as if desiring to know his pleasure. He nodded his head 

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^vely, and looked to the door. Mrs Judith immediately crossed 
the ehiunber, opened the door, and led into the apartment a 
beautiful creature, whose sudden and angular appearance might 
have made her almost pass for an apparition. She was deadly 
pale — there was not the least shade of vital red to enliven 
features, which were exquisitely formed, and might, hut for that 
circumstance, have been termed transcendently beautifuL Her 
loog black hair fell down over her shoulders and down her back, 
combed smoothly and regularly, but without the least appearance 
of dec(Hration or ornament, which looked ver}- singular at a period 
when head-gear, as it was called, of one sort or other, was gene- 
rally used by all ranks. Her dress was of pure white, of the 
simplest fashion, and hiding all her person excepting the throat, 
face, and hands. Her form was rather beneath than above the 
middle size, but so justly proportioned and elegantly made, that 
tbe spectator's attention was entirely withdrawn from her size. 
In contradiction of the extreme plainness of all the rest of her 
attire, she wore a necklace which a duchess might have envied, 
80 large and lustrous were the brilliants of which it was composed ; 
and around her waist a zone of rubies of scarce inferior value. 

When this singular figure entered the apartment, she cast her 
eyes on Nigel, and paused, as if uncertain whether to advance or 
retreat. The glance which she took of him seemed to be one 
rather of uncertainty and hesitation, than of bashfiilness or 
timidity. Aunt Judith took her by the hand, and led her slowly 
forward — her dark eyes, however, continued to be fixed on 
Nigel, with an expression of melancholy by which he felt 
strangely a^ected. Even when she was seated on the vacant 
stool, which was placed th«« probably for her accommodation, 
she again looked on him more than once with the same pensive, 
lin^ring, and anxious expression, but without either shyness or 
embarrassment, not even so much as io call the slightest degree 
of complexion into her cheek. 

So soon as this singular female had taken up the prayer-book, 
whidi was laid upon her cushion, she seemed immersed in devo- 
tional duty ; and although NigePs attention to the service was so 
much disturbed by this extraordinary apparition, that he looked 
towards her repeatedly in the course of the service, he could 
never observe that her eyes or her thoughts strayed so much 
as a single moment from the task in which she was engaged. 
Nigel himself was less attentive, for the appearance of this lady 
seemed so extraordinary, that, strictly as he had been bred up 
by his father to pay the most reverential attention during per- 
formance of divine service, his thoughts, in spite of himself, were 
disturbed by her presence, and he earnestly wished the prayers 
Were ended, that his curiosity might obtain some gratification. 
When the service was concluded, and each had remained, accor- 
ding to the decent and edifying practice of the church concen- 
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viAtant arose ere any other person stirred ; and Nigel remarked 
that none of the domestics left their places, or even moved, ontil 
she had first kneeled on one knee to Heriot, who seemed to \Aeas 
her with his hand laid on her head, and a melancholy solemnity 
of look and action. She then hended her body, but without 
kneeling, to Mrs Judith, and having performed these two acts of 
reverence, she left the room; yet just in the act of her departure, 
she once more turned her penetrating eyes on Nigel with a fixed 
look, which compelled him to turn his own aside. When he 
looked towards her again, he saw only the skirt of her white 
mantle as she left the apartment 

The domestics then rose and dispersed themselves — wine, and 
fruit, and spices, were offered to Lord Nigel and to the clergyman, . 
and the latter took his leave. The young lord would fain have 
accompanied him, in hope to get some explanation of the appari- 
tion which he had beheld, but he was stopped by his host, who 
requested to speak witli him in his compting-room. 

** I hope, my lord,*' said the citizen, '' that your pr^arations 
for attending Court are in such forwardness that you can go 
thither the day after to-morrow. It is, perhaps, the last day, 
for some time, that his Majesty will hold open court for all who 
have pretensions by birth, rank, or office, to attend upon him. 
On the subsequent day he goes to Theobald's, where he is so much 
occupied with hunting and other pleasures, that he cares not to 
be intruded on." 

** I shall be in all outward readiness to pay my duty," said the 
young nobleman, '^ yet I have little heart to do it. The friends 
from whom I ought to have found encouragement and protection, 
have proved cold and false — I certainly will not trouble them 
for their countenance on this occasion — and yet I must confess 
my childish unwillingness to enter quite alone upon so new a 
scene." 

^' It is bold of a mechanic like me to make such an offer to a 
nobleman," said Heriot ; ^ but I must attend at Court to-morrow. 
I can accompany you as far eb the presence-chamber, from my 
privilege as being of the household. I can facilitate your 
entrance, should you find difficulty, and I can point out the 
proper manner and time of approaching the King. But I do not 
know," he added, smiling, ^* whether these little advantages will 
not be overbalanced by ^e incongruity of a nobleman receiving 
them from the hands of an old smith." 

« From the hands rather of the only friend I have found in 
London," said Nigel, offering his hand. 

" Nay, if you think of the matter in that way," repUed the 
honest citizen, <' there is no more to be said — 1 will come for 
you to-morrow, with a barge proper to the occasion. — But 
remember, my good young lord, that I do not, like some men of 
my degree, wish to take opportunity to step beyond it, and asso- 
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mortify my presmnptioii, by suffering me to keep my diBtancb 
in the presence, and where it is fitting for both of us to separate; 
and for what remains, most truly happy shall I be in proving of 
service to the son of my ancient patron." 

The style of conversation led so far from the point which had 
interested the young nobleman's curiosity, that there was no 
returning to it that nieht. He therefore exchanged thanks and 
greeting with George Heriot, and took his leave, promising to be 
eqnipp^ and in readiness to embark with him on the second 
successive morning at ten o'clock. 

The generation of linkboys, celebrated by Count Anthony 
Hamilton, as peculiar to London, had already, in the reign of 
James I.^ begun their functions, and the service of one of them 
«ith his smoky torch, had been secured to light the young Scottish 
lord and his follower to their own lod^ngs, which, though better 
acquMnted than formerly with the cit^^ ihey might in the dark 
have run some danger of missing, lliis gave the ingenious 
Mr Moniplies an opportunity of gathering close up to hie 
master, after he had gone through the form of slipping his left 
arm into the handle of his buckler, and looaening hu broad- 
sword in the sheath, that he mieht be ready for whatever should 

** If it were not for the wine and the good cheer which we have 
had in yonder old man's house, my lord," said the sapient follower, 
^ and Uiat I ken him by report to be a just living man in many 
respects, and a real Edinburgh sutter-blood, I should have been 
well pleased to have seen how his feet were shaped, and whether 
be had not a cloven doot under the braw roses and cordovan 
shoon of his." 

*Why, you rascal," answered Nigel, "you have been too 
Idndly treated, and now that you have fUled your ravenous 
stomach, you are railing on the good gentleman that relieved 
you." 

"Under &vour, no, my lord," said Moniplies, — **I would 
only like to see someUiing mair about him. « I have eaten his 
meat, it is true — more Sattme that the like of him should have 
meat to give when your lordship and me could scarce have 
gotten, on our own account, brose and a bear bannock — I have 
dnmk his wine, too." 

<* I see you have," replied his master, " a great deal more than 
you should have done." 

** Under your patience, my lord," said Moniplies, ** you are 

S leased to say that, because I crushed a quart with that jolly boy 
enkin, as they cidl the 'prentice bov, and that was out of mere 
•clmowledgment for his former kinoness — I own that I, more- 
over, sung the good old song of Elsie Marley, so as they never 

heard it dianted in their lives " 

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'* Oh, do ye ken EMe Marley, h(niey— 
The wife that aelU the barley, honey ! 
For Elsie Marley's grown sae fine, 
Bhe winna get up to feed the swine. — 
Oh, do ye ken 

Here in mid career was the songster interrupted by the stem 
gripe of his master, who threatened to baton him to death if he 
brought the city-watch upon them by his ill-timed melody. 

** f crave pardon, my lord — I humbly crave pardon — only 
when I liiink of that Jen Win, as they call him, I can hardly 
help humming — *0h, do ye ken* — But I crave your honour's 
pardon, and will be totally dumb, if you command me so." 

** No, sirrah !" said Nigel, " talk on, for I well know you would 
say and suffer more under pretence of holding your peace, than 
when you get an unbridled Ucense. How is it, then ! What 
have you to say against Master Heriot !" 

It seems more than probable, that in permitting this license, 
the young lord hoped his attendant would stumble upon the sub- 
ject of the young lady who had appeared at prayers in a manner 
so mysterious. But whether this was the case, or whether he 
merely desired that Moniplies should utter in a subdued and 
under tone of voice, those spirits which might otherwise have 
vented themselves in obstreperous song, it is certain he per- 
mitted his attendant to proceed with his story in Iiis own way. 

** And therefore," said the orator, availing himself of his im- 
munity, << I would like to ken what sort of a carle this Maister 
Heriot is. He hath suppUed your lordship with walth of gold, 
as I can understand ; and if he has, I make it for certain he hath 
had his ain end in it, according to the fashion of the world. Now, 
had your lordship your own good lands at your guiding, doubt- 
less this person, with most of his craft — goldsmiths they caU 
themselves — I say usurers — wad be glad to exchange so many 
pounds of African dust, by whilk T understand gold, against so 
many fair acres, and hundreds of acres, of broad Scottish land.*' 

'' But you know I have no land," said the young lord, *' at least 
none that can be affected by any debt which f can at present 
become obliged for — I think you need not have reminded me 
of that" 

** True, my lord, most true ; and, as your lordship says, open 
to the meanest capacity, without any unnecessary expositions. 
Now, therefore, my lord, unless Maister George Heriot has some- 
thing mair to allege as a motive for his Uberality, vera different 
from the possession of your estate — and moreover, as he could 
gain little by the capture of your body, wherefore should it not 
be your soul that he is in pursuit of V* 

'^ My soul, you rascal !" said the young lord ; ^ what good 
should my soul do him f * 

'^ What do I ken about that 1" said Moniplies ; '' they go about 
roaring and seeking whom they may devour — doubtless, they 
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say,^^ added Moni{^es, drawing up still closer to his master's 
side, ** they say that Master Heriot has one spirit in his house 
already." 

** How, or what do you mean I" said Nigel ; ** I will hreak 
your head, you drunken knave, if you p^ter with me any 
longer." 

^ Ihrunken !" answered his trusty adherent, <' and is this the 
story ! — why, how could I but drink your lordship's health on 
roy bare knees, when Master Jenkin began it to me 1 — hang 
them that would not ! — T would have cut the impudent knave's 
hams, with my broadsword, that should make scruple of it, and so 
have made him kneel when he should have found it difficult to 
rise again. But touching the spirit," he proceeded, finding that 
his master made no answer to his vsdorous tirade, ^ your lordship 
has seen her with your own eyes." 

** I saw no spirit," said Glenvarloch, but yet breathing thick as 
one who expects some singular disclosure, ** what mean you by a 
spirit!" 

" You saw a young lady come in to prayers, that spoke not a 
word to any one, only made becks and bows to the old gentleman 
and lady of the house — ken ye wha she is V 

^ No, indeed," answered Nigel ; ^ some relation of the family, I 
suppose." 

** Deil a bit — 'deil a bit," answered Moniplies, hastily, '^ not a 
blood-drop's kin to them, if she had a drop of blood in her body 
— I tell you but what all human beings allege to be truth, that 
dwell within hue and cry of Lombanl Street — that lady, or 
quean, or whatever you choose to call her, has been dead in the 
body these many a year, though she haunts them, as we have 
seen, even at their very devotions." 

** You will allow her to be a good spirit at least," said Nigel 
Olifaunt, ^ since she chooses such a time to visit her friends !" 

" For that I kenna, my lord," answered the superstitious fol- 
lower ; ^ I ken no spirit tiiat would have faced the right down 
hannner-blow of Mess John Knox, whom my father stood by in 
his very warst days, bating a chance time when the Court, which 
my father supplied with butcher-meat, was against him. But 
yon divine has another airt from powerful Master Rollock, and 
Mess David Black, of North Leith, and sic like. — Alack-a-day ! 
wha can ken, if it please your lordship, whether sic prayers as 
the Southron read out of their auld blethering black mess-book 
there, may not be as powerful to invite fiends, as a right red-het 
prayer warm frae the heart, may be powerful to drive them 
away, even as the Evil Spirit was driven by the smell of the fish's 
liver from the bridal-chamber of Sara, the daughter of Raguel I 
As to whilk story, nevertheless, I make scruple to say whetiier it 
be truth or not, better men than I am having doubted on that 
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near home, and I have permitted you to speak of this matter for 
ouce, that we may have an end of yomr pryine folly, and your 
idiotical superstitions, for ever. For whom do you, or your 
absurd authors or informers, take this lady !'* 

** I can say naething preceesely as to that," answered Moniplies ; 
** certain it is her body died and was laid in the evAve many a 
day since, notwithstanding she still wanders on earSi, and chiefly 
amongst Maister Heriot's family, though she hath been seen in 
other places by them that well knew her. But who she is, I will 
not warrant to say, or how she becomes attached, like a Highland 
Brownie, to some pecuUar family. They say she has a row of 
apartments of her own, anteroom, parlour, and bedroom ; but deil 
a bed she sleeps in but her own coffin, and the walls, doors, and 
windows, are so chinked up, as to prevent the least blink of day- 
light irom entering ; and then she dwells by torch-light " 

<' To what purpose, if she be a spirit V* said Nigel Olifaunt. 

** How can I tell your lordship r* answered his attendant. " I 
thank God, I know nothing of her likings, or mblikings — only 
her coffin is there ; and I leave your lordi3iip to guess what a live 

rirson has to do with a coffin. As little as a ghost with a lantern, 
trow." 

^Whai reason," repeated Nigel, ^can a creature, so young 
and so beautiful, have already habitually to contemplate her bed 
of last long rest I" 

<* In troth, I kenna, my lord," answered Moniplies ; " but there 
is the coffin, as they told me who have seen it. It is made of 
heben-wood, with silver nails, and lined all through with three- 
piled damask, might serve a princess to rest in." 

^ Singular," said Nigel, whose brain, like that of most active 
young spirits, was easily caught by the singular and the romantic ; 
** does she not eat with the wanly 1" 

'^ Who ! — she !" — exclaimed Moniplies, as if surprised at the 
question ; ^ they would need a lang spoon would sup with her, I 
trow, ^ways there is something put for her into uie Tower, as 
they call it, whilk is a whigmaleery of a whirling-box, that turns 
ruund half on the tae side o' the wa*, half on the tother." 

^ I have seen the contrivance in foreizn nunneries," said the 
Lord of Glenvarloch. " And is it thus me receives her food !" 

" They tell me something is put in ilka day, for fashion's sake,*' 
replied the attendant; ^but it's no to be supposed she would 
consume it, ony mair than the images of Bel and the Dragon con- 
sumed the damty vivers that were placed before them. There 
are stout yeomen and chamber-queans in the house, enow to play 
tlip part of Lick-it-up-a', as well as the threescore and ten priests 
of Bel, besides their wives and children." 

*' And she is never seen in the £unily but when the hour of 
prayer arrives !" said the master. 

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hr the ornaments which she wears, and still more for her 
attendance upon the service of the Protestant Church, I should 
know what to think, and should believe her either a Catholic 
votaress, who, for some cogent reason, was allowed to make her 
cell here in London, or some unhappy Popish devotee, who was 
in the course of undergoing a dreadful penance. As it is, I 
know not what to deem of it." 

His reverie was interrupted by the linkboy knocking at the 
door of honest John Christie, whose wife came forth with " quips, 
and becks, and wreathed smiles/' to welcome her honoured guest 
on his return to his apartment. 



CHAPTER VIII. 

Ay ! mark the matron well —and laugh not» Harry« 
At her old steeple-hat, and velvet guard — • 
I *ve oall'd her uke the ear of Dionysius ; 
I mean that ear>form'd vault, built o'er his dungeon. 
To catch the groans atid discontented murmurs 
Of his poor bondsmen — Even so doth Martha 
Drink up, for her own purpose, all that passes. 
Or is supposed to pass, in this wide city — 
She can retail it too, if that her profit 
Shall call on her to do so ; and retail it 
For your advantage, so that you can make 
Tour profit jump with hers. 

The Conspiracy. 

Wb must now introduce to the reader's acquaintance another 
eharacter, busy and important far beyond her ostensible situation 
in society — in a word, Dame Ursula Suddlechop, wife of 
Benjamin Suddlechop, the most renowned barber in all Fleet 
Street. This dame had her own particular merits, the principal 
part of which was (if her own report could be trusted) an infinite 
desire to be of service to her fellow-creatures. Leaving to her 
thin half-starved partner the boast of having the most dexterous 
snap with his fingers of any shaver in London, and the care of a 
shop where starved apprentices flayed the faces of those who 
were boobies enough to trust them, the dame drove a separate 
and more lucrative trade, which yet had so many odd turns and 
windings, that it seemed in many respects to contradict itself. 

Its highest and most important duties were of a very secret 
and confidential nature, and Dame Ursula Suddlechop was never 
known to betray any transaction intrusted to her, unless she had 
either been indifferently paid for her service, or that some one 
found it convenient to give her a double douceur to make her 
disgorge the secret ; and these contingencies happened in so few 
cases, that her character for trustiness remained as unimpeached 
as tiiat for honesty and benevolence. 

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to the impassioned and the frail in the rise, progress, and conse- 
quences of their passion. She could oontriye an interview .for 
lovers who could shew proper reasons for meeting privately ; she 
could relieve the frail fair one of the burden of a guilty pasmoDy 
and perhaps establish the hopeful offspring of unlicensed love as 
the heir of some family whose love was lawful, but where an 
heir had not followed the union. More than this she could do, 
and had been concerned in deeper and dearer secrets. She had 
been a pupil of Mrs Turner, and learned from her the secret of 
making the yellow starch, and, it may be, two or three other 
secrets of more consequence, though perhaps none that went to 
the criminal extent of those whereof her mistress was accused. 
But all that was deep and dark in her real character, was covered 
by the show of outward mirth and good-humour, the hearty 
laugh and buxom jest with which the dame knew well how to 
conciliate the elder part of her neighbours, and the many petty 
arts by which she could recommend herself to the younger, those 
especially of her own sex. 

Dame Ursula was, in appearance, scarce past forty, and her 
full, but not overgrown form, and still comely features, although 
her person was plumped out, and her face somewhat coloured by 
good cheer, had a joyous expression of gaiety and good-humour, 
which set off the remains of beauty in the wane. Marriages, 
births, and christenings, were seldom thought to be performed 
with sufficient ceremony, for a considerable distance round her 
abode, unless Dame Ursley, as they called her, was present. 
She could contrive all sorts of pastimes, games, and jests, which 
might amuse the large companies which the hospiteiity of our 
ancestors assembled together on such occasions, so that her pre- 
sence was Uterally considered as indispensable in the family of 
all citizens of ordinary rank, on such joyous occasions. So much 
also was she supposed to know of life and its labyrinths, ihtkt she 
was the willing confidant of half the loving couples in the vicinity, 
most of whom used to communicate tlieir secrets to, and receive 
their counsels from. Dame Ursley. The rich rewarded her ser- 
vices with rings, owches, or gold pieces, which she liked still 
b^ter ; and she very generously gave her assistance to the poor, 
on the same mixed principles as young practitioners in medi<nne 
assist them, partly from compassion, and partly to keep her hand 
in use. 

Dame Ursley^s reputation in the city was the greater that her 
practice had extended beyond Temple-Bar, and that she had 
acquaintances, nay, patrons and patronesses, among the quality, 
whose rank, as their members were much fewer, and the pros- 
pect of approaching the courtly sphere much more difficult, bore 
a degree of consequence unknown to the present day, when the 
toe of the citizen presses so close on the courtier's heeL Dame 
Ursley maintained her intercourse with this superior rank of 
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pomades, head-gears from France, dishes or ornaments from 
China, then ah-^uly beffinning to be fashionable ; not to mention 
drugs of various descriptions, chiefly for the use of the ladies, 
and partly by other services, more or less connected with the 
eqoteric branches of her profession heretofore alluded to. 

Poeseesing such and so many various modes of thriving. Dame 
Ursley was nevertheless so poor, that she might probably have 
mended her own circumstances, as well as her husband's, if she 
had renounced them aU, and set herself quietly down to the care 
of her own household, and to assist Benjamin in the concerns of 
his trade. But Ursula was luxurious and genial in her habits, 
and could no more have endured the stinted economy of Ben- 
jamin's board, than she could have reconciled herself to the bald 
chat of his conversation. 

it was on the evening of the day on which Lord Nigel Olifaunt 
dined witli the wealthy goldsmith, that we must introduce Ursula 
Soddlechop upon the stage. She had that morning made a long 
tour to Westminster, was fatigued, and had assumed a certain 
large elbow-chair, rendered smooth by frequent use, placed on 
one side of her chimney, in which there was lit a small but bright 
fire. Here she observed, betwixt sleeping and waking, the sim- 
mering of a pot of well-spiced ale, on the brown surface of which 
bobbed a small crab-apple, sufficiently roasted, while a little 
mulatto girl watched, still more attentively, the process of dress- 
ing a v^ sweetbread, in a silver stewpan which occupied the 
other side of the chimney. With these viands, doubtless. Dame 
Ursula proposed concluding the well-spent day, of which she 
reckoned the labour over, and the rest at her own command. 
She was deceived, however; for just as the ale, or, to speak 
technically, the lamb's-wool, was fitted for drinking, and the 
fitde dmgy maiden intimated that the sweetbread was ready to 
be eaten, the thin cracked voice of Benjamin was heard from 
the bottom of the stairs. 

** Why, Dame Ursley — why, wife, I say — why, dame — why, 
love, you are wanted more than a strop for a blunt razor — why, 
dame " 

** I would some one would draw the razor across thy windpipe, 
tbou bawling ass I" said the dame to herself, in the firot moment 
of irritation, against her clamorous helpmate ; and then called 
aloud, — ** Why, what is the matter. Master Suddlechop ! 1 am 
jost going to slip into bed ; I have been daggled to and fro the 
whole day." 

** Nay, sweetheart, it is not me,'' said the patient Benjamin, 
^but the Scots laundry-maid from neighbour Bamsay's, who 
must speak with you incontinent." 

At the word sweetheart, Dame Ursley cast a wistful look at 
the mess which was stewed to a second in the stewpau, and then 
replied, with a sigh, — " Bid Scots Jenny come up, Master Sud- 
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then added in a lower tone, *' and I hope she will go to the devil 
in the flame of a tar-barrel, like many a Scots witch before her!" 

The Scots laundress entered accordingly, and having heard 
nothing of the last kind wish of Dame Suddlechop, made her 
reverence with considerable respect, and said, her young mistress 
had returned home unwell, and wished to see her neighbour. 
Dame Ursley, directly. 

" And why will it not do to-morrow, Jenny, my good woman f " 
said Dame Ursley ; ** for I have been as far as Whitehall to-day 
abeady, and I am well-nigh worn off my feet, my good woman." 

" Aweel !" answered Jenny, with great composure, " and if 
that sae be sae, I maun take the langer tramp mysell, and maun 
gae do^ni the waterside for auld Motiier Redcap, at the Hunger- 
ford Stairs, that deals in comforting young creatures, e'en as you 
do yoursell, hinny ; for ane o* ye tilie bairn maun see before she 
sleeps, and that 's a' that I ken on *t." 

So saying, the old emissary, without farther entreaty, turned 
on her heel, and was about to retreat, when Dame Ursley ex- 
claimed, — ** No, no — if the sweet child, your mistress, has any 
necessary occasion for good advice and kind tendance, you need 
not go to Mother Redcap, Janet. She may do very well for 
skippers' wives, chandlers' daughters, and such like ; but nobody 
shall wait on pretty Mistre8» Margaret, the daughter of his most 
Sacred Majesty's horologer, excepting and saving myself. And 
so I will but take my chopins and my cloak, and put on my 
muffler, and cross the street to neighbour Ramsay's in an instant. 
But tell me yourself, good Jenny, are you not something tired 
of your young lady's frolics and change of mind twenty time^ 
a-day 1" ^ 

** In troth, not I," said the patient drudge, ^ unless it may 
be when she is a wee fashions about washing her laces ; but I 
have been her keeper since she was a bairn, neighbour Suddle- 
chop, and that makes a difference." 

" Ay," said Dame Ursley, still busied putting on additional 
defences against the night air ; " and you know for certain that 
she has two hundred pounds a-year in good land, at her own 
free disposal 1" 

" Left by her grandmother. Heaven rest her soul !" said the 
Scotswoman ; '^ and to a daintier lassie she could not have he* 
queathed it." 

" Very true, very true, mistress ; for with all her little whims, 
I have always said Mistress Margaret Ramsay was the prettiest 
girl in the ward ; and, Jenny, I warrant the poor child has had 
no supper ?" 

Jenny could not say but it was the case, for, her master being 
out, the twa 'prentice lads had gone out after shutting shop, to 
fetch them home, and she and the other maid had gone out to 
Sandy MacGravin's, to see a friend frae Scotland. 

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found her interest in assenting to all sorts of propositions from all 
sorts of persons. 

" And so the fire went out, too," said Jenny. 

'^ Which was the most natural of the whole/' said Dame 
Suddlechop ; ** and so, to cut the matter short, Jenny, 1*11 carry 
over the little bit of supper that I was going to eat. For dinner 
I have tasted none, and it may be my young pretty MistresH 
Marget will eat a morsel with me ; for it is mere emptiness, 
Mistress Jenny, that often puts these fancies of illness into young 
folk's heads." So saying, eSie put the silver posset-cup with tiie 
ale into Jenny's hands, and assuming her mantle with the alacrity 
of one determined to sacrifice inclination to duty, she hid the 
stewpan under its folds, and commanded Wilsa, the little mulatto 
girl, to light them across the street 

** Whi5ier away so late J" said the barber, whom they passed 
seated with his starveling boys round a mess of stock-fish and 
parsnips, in the shop below. 

** If I were to tell you. Gaffer," said the dame, with most con- 
temptuous coolness, ** I do not think you could do my errand, so 
I will e'en keep it to myself." Benjamin was too much accus- 
tomed to his wife's independent mode of conduct, to pursue his 
inquiry farther ; nor did the dame taiTy for farther question, but 
marched out at the door, telling the eldest of the boys ^ to sit up 
till her return, and look to the house the whilst." 

The night was dark and rainy, and although the distance 
betwixt the two shops was short, it allowed Dame Ursley leisure 
enough, while she strode along with high -tucked petticoats, to 
imbitter it by the following grumbling reflections — " I wonder 
what I have done, that I must needs trudge at every old beldam's 
bidding, and every young minx's maggot ! 1 have been marched 
from Temple-Bar to Whitechapel, on the matter of a pinmaker's 
wife having pricked her fingers — marry, her husband that 
made the weapon might have salved the wound. — And here 
is this fantastic ape, pretty Mistress Marget, forsooth — such a 
beauty as I could make of a Dutch doll, and as fantastic, and 
humorous, and conceited^ as if she were a duchess. I have 
seen her in the same day as changeful as a marmozet, and as 
stubborn as a mule. I should hke to know whether her little 
conceited noddle, or her father's old crazy, calculating jolter-pate, 
breeds most whimsies. But then there 's tliat two hundred pounds 
a-year in dirty land, and the father is held a close chuff, though 
a fanciful — he is our landlord besides, and she has begged a late 
day from him for our rent ; so, God help me, I must be conform- 
able — besides, the little capricious devil is my only key to get at 
Master George Heriot's secret, and it concerns my character to 
fiud that out ; and so, andiamoif asythe lingua franca hath it." 

Thus pondering, she moved forward with hasty strides until 
she arrived at the watchmaker's habitation. The attendant 
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Ursula, now in glimmer and now in gloom, not like the lovely 
Lady CrisUibelle, through Grothic sculpture and ancient armour^ 
but creeping and stumbling amongst relies of old machines, and 
models of new inventions in Tarions branches of mechanics, with 
which wrecks of useless ingenuity, either in a broken or half- 
finished shape, the apartment of the fanciful though ingenious 
mechanist was continually lumbered. 

At length they attained, by a very narrow staircase, pretty 
Mistress Margaret's apartment, where she, the cynosure of the 
eyes of every bold young bachelor in Fleet Street, sat in a posture 
which hovered between the discontented and the disconsolate. 
For her pretty back and shoulders were rounded into a curve, her 
round and dimpled chin reposed in the hollow of her little palm, 
while the fingers were folded over her mouth ; her elbow rested 
on a table, and her eyes seemed fixed upon the dying charcoal, 
which was expiring in a small grate. She scarce turned her 
head when Dame Ursula entered, and when the presence of that 
estimable matron was more precisely announced in words by the 
old Scotswoman, Mistress Margaret, without changing her pos- 
ture, muttered some sort of answer that was wholly unintelligible. 

'^ Go your ways down to the kitchen with Wilsa, good Mistress 
Jenny," said Dame Ursula, who was used to all sorts of freaks on 
the part of her patients or clients, whichever they might be 
termed ; " put the stewpan and ihe porringer by the fireside, and 
go down below — I must speak to my pretty love. Mistress Mar- 
garet, by myself — and there is not a bachel(»! betwixt this and 
Bow but will envy me the privilege." 

The attendants retired as directed, and Dame Ursula, having 
availed herself of the embers of charcoal, to place her stewpan to 
the best advantage, drew herself as close as she could to her 
patient, and began in a low, soothing, and confidential tone of 
voice, to inquire what ailed her pretty flower of neighbours. 

*' Nothing, dame," said Margaret, somewhat pettishly, and 
changing her posture so as rather to turn her back upon the 
kind inquirer. 

" Nothing, lady-bird !" answered Dame Suddlechop ; ** and do 
you use to send for your friends out of bed at this hour for 
nothing V* 

" It was not 1 who sent for you, dame,'' replied the malecon'- 
tent maiden. 

" And who was it, then," said Ursula ; " for if I had not been 
sent for, I had not been here at this time of night, I promise 
you I" 

" It was the old Scoteh fool, Jenny, who did it out of her own 
head, T suppose," said Margaret ; ^ for she has been stunning me 
tliese two hours about you and Mother Redcap." 

" Me and Mother Redcap !" said Dame Ursula, ** an old fool 
indeed, that couples folk up so. — But come, come, my sweet 
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folks wtmt more and better ad^ce than her own, and she knows, 
too, where to find it for them ; so you must take heart of grace, 
my pretty maiden, and tell me what you are moping about, and 
then let Dame Ursula alone for finding out a cure.'* 

" Nay, an ye be so wise, Mother Ursula," replied the girl, " you 
may guess what I ail without my telling you." 

" Ay, ay, child," answered the complaisant matron, ** no one 
can play better than I at the good old game of What is my 
thonght like I Now I *11 warrant that little head of yours is run- 
ning on a new head-tire a foot higher than those our city dames 
wear — or you are all for a trip to Islington or Ware, and your 
fiather is cross and will not consent — or " 

" Or you are an old fool. Dame Suddlechop," said Margaret, 
peevishly, " and must needs trouble yourself about matters you 
know nothing of." 

" Fool as much as you will, mistress," said Dame Ursula, 
offended in her turn, **but not so very many years older than 
yourself, mistress." 

" Oh ! we are angry, are we I" said the beauty ; " and pray, 
Madam Ursula, how come you, that are not so many years older 
tiian me, to tsJk about, such nonsense to me, who am so many 
years younger, and who yet have too much sense to care about 
head-gears and Islington V* 

" Well, well, young mistress," said the sage counsellor, rising ; 
" I perceive I can be of no use here ; and methinks, since you 
know your own matters so much better than other people do, 
you might dispense with disturbing folks at midnight to ask their 
advice." 

" Why, now you are angry, mother," said Margaret, detaining 
her ; " this comes of your coming out at even-tide without eating 
your supper — I never heard you utter a cross word after you 
had finished your little morsel. — Here, Janet, a trencher and 
salt for Dame Ursula; — and what have you in that porringer, 
dame ! — Filthy clammy ale, as I would live — Let Janet fling 
it out of the window, or keep it for my father's morning draught ; 
and she shall bring you the pottle of sack that was set ready for 
him — good man, he will never find out the diflerence, for ale 
will wash down his dusty calculations quite as well as wine." 

« Truly, sweetheart, I am of your opinion," said Dame Ursula, 
whose temporary displeasure vanished at once before these pre- 
parations for good cheer ; and so settling herself on the great easy- 
chair, with a three-legged table before her, she began to despatch, 
with good appetite, the Uttle delicate dish which she had prepared 
f(Mr herself. She did not, however, fail in the duties of civility, 
and earnestly, but in vain, pressed Mistress Margaret to partake 
her dainties. The damsel declined the invitation. 

** At least pledge me in a glass of sack," said Dame Ursula ; 
** I have heard my gran dame say, that before the gospellers came 
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had a cup of sack together before confessioD ; and yoa are my 
penitent." 

'^ I shall drink no sack, T am sure/' said Margaret ; ^ and I 
told you before, that if you cannot find out what ails me, I diaU 
never have the heart to tell it." 

So saying, she turned away from Dame Ursula once more, 
and resumed her musing posture, with her hand on her elbow, 
and her back, at least one shoulder, turned towards her confidant. 

" Nay, then," said Dame Ursula, " I must exert my skill in 
n^ood earnest. — You must give me this pretty hand, and I will 
tell you by palmistry, as well as any gipsy of tliem all, what foot 
it is you halt upon." 

*' As if I halted upon any foot at all," said Margaret, something 
scornfully, but yielding her left hand to Ursula, and continuing 
at the same time her averted position. 

^' I see brave lines here," said Ursula, *' and not ill to read 
neither — pleasure and wealth, and merry nights and late 
mornings to my Beauty, and such an equipage as shall shake 
Whitehall. Oh, have I touched you there? — and smile you 
now, my pretty one ? — for why should not he be Lord Mayor, 
and go to court in his gilded caroch, as others have done before 
him ?" 

" Lord Mayor ? pshaw I" replied Margaret. 

** And why pshaw at my Lord Mayor, sweetheart 1 or perhaps 
you pshaw at my prophecy ; but there is a cross in every on^'s 
line of life as well as in yours, darling. And what though I see 
a 'prentice's flat cap in this pretty palm, yet there is a sparkling 
black eye under it, hath not its match in the Ward of Farring- 
don-Without" 

*' Whom do you mean, dame !" said Margaret, coldly. 

'< Whom should I mean," said Dame Ursula, ^ but the prince 
of 'prentices, and king of good company, Jenkin Vincent 1" 

"Out, woman — Jenkin Vincent? — a clown — a C!ockney !'* 
exclaimed the indignant damsel. 

" Ay, sets the wind in that quarter. Beauty !" quoth the dame ; 
^ why, it has changed something since we spoke together last, 
for then I would have sworn it blew fairer for poor Jin Vin ; 
and the poor lad dotes on you too, and would rather see your 
eyes than the first glimpse of the sun on the great holiday on 
May-day." 

" I would my eyes had the power of the sun to blind his, then," 
said Margaret, " to teach the drudge his place." 

" Nay," said Dame Ursula, ** there be some who say thai 
Frank Tunstall is as proper a lad as Jin Vin, and of surety he is 
third cousin to a knighthood, and come of a good house ; and so 
mayhap you may be for northward ho !" 

"Maybe I may" — answered Margaret, "but not with my 
father's 'prentice — I thank you. Dame Ursula." 

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Dame Ursula ; '^ this comes of trying to shoe a filly that Is eter- 
nally wincing and shifting ground !" 

" Hear m^, then," said Margaret, " and mind what I say. — 
This day I dined abroad " 

" I can tell you where," answered her counsellor, — " with your 
godfather the rich goldsmith — ay, you see I know something- - 
nay, I could tell you, an I would, with whom, to©." 

" Indeed !" said Margaret, turning suddenly round, with an 
accent of strong surprise, and colouring up to the eyes. 

" With old Sir Mungo Malagrowther," said the oracular dame, 
— "he was trimmed in my Benjamin*s shop in his way to the 
city." 

" Pshaw ! the frightful old mouldy skeleton !" said the damsel. 

" Indeed you say true, my dear," replied the confidant, — " it 
is a shame to him to be out of Saint Pancras's charnel-house, for 
I know no other place he is fit for, the foul-mouthed old railer. 
He said to my husband " 

" Somewhat which signifies nothing to our purpose, I dare say," 
interrupted Margaret. '* I must speak, then. — There dined with 
US a nobleman " 

" A nobleman ! the maiden's mad !" said Dame Ursula. 

''There dined with us, I say," continued Margaret, without 
regarding the interruption, ** a nobleman — a ^ttish noble- 
man." 

'^ Now Our Lady keep her !" said the confidant, ^ she is quite 
frantic ! — heard ever any one of a watchmaker's daughter falling 
in love with a nobleman — and a Scots nobleman, to make the 
matter complete, who are all as proud as Lucifer, and as poor as 
Job I — A Scots nobleman, quotha ! I had as lief you told me of a 
Jew pedlar. I would have you think how all this is to end, pretty 
one, before you jump in the dark." 

** That is nothing to you, Ursula — it is your assistance," said 
Mistress Margaret, " and not your advice, that I am desirous to 
kave, and you know I can make it worth your while." 

" Oh, it is not for the sake of lucre, Mistress Margaret," answered 
the obliging dame ; " but truly I would have you listen to some 
advice — bethink you of your own condition." 

" My father's calling is mechanical," said Margaret, *' but our 
Wood is not so. I have heard my father say that we are de- 
J^nded, at a distance indeed, from the great Earls of Dalwol- 
sey." • 

" Ay, ay," said dame Ursula ; ** even so — I never knew a Scot 
of you but was descended, as ye call it, from some great house or 
other ; and a piteous descent it often is — and as for the distance 

* The head of the ancient and distinguished house of Ramsay, and to whom, 
u« tlieir chief, the individuals of that name look as their origin and source of 
^try. Allan Ramsay, the pastoral poet, in tlie same manner, makes 

" Palhoua'e of an nuld deacent, 
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you speak of, it is so great as to put you out of sight of e&ch otlier. 
Yet do not toss your pretty head so scornfully, but tell me the 
name of this lordly northern gallant, and we will try what can be 
done in the matter." 

** It is Lord Glenvarloch, whom they call Lord Nigel Olifaunt,*' 
said Margaret in a low voice, and turning away to hide her 
blushes. 

'^ Marry, Heaven forefend !*' exclaimed Dame Suddlechop ; 
" this is the very devil, and something worse !" 

^* How mean you !** said the damsel, surprised at the vivacity 
of her exclamation. 

" Why, know ye not," said the dame, " what powerful enemies 
he has at CJourt 1 know ye not — But blisters on my tongue, it 
runs too fast for my wit*— enough to say, that you had better 
make your bridal-bed under a falling house, than think of young 
Glenvarloch." 

" He it unfortunate, then V said Margaret; ** I knew it — I 
divined it — there was sorrow in his voice when he ssud even 
what was gay — there was a touch of misfortune in his melancholy 
smile — he had not thus clung to my thoughts had I seen him 5n 
all the midday glare of prosperity." 

^* Romances have cracked her brain !" said Dame Ursula ; 
<< she is a castaway girl — utt^ly distraught — loves a Scots lord 
— and likes him the better for being unfortunate ! Well, 
mistress, I am sorry this is a matter I cannot aid you in — it 
goes against my conscience, and it is an affair above my con- 
dition, and beyond my managemont; — but I will keep your 
counsel." 

*^ You will not be so base as to desert me, after having drawn 
my secret from me I" said Margaret, indignantly ; " if you do, I 
know how to have my revenge ; and if you do not, I will reward 
you well. Remember the house your husband dwells in is my 
father's property." 

" I remember it but too well, Mistress Margaret," said Ursula, 
after a moment's reflection, " and T would serve you in any thing 
in my condition ; but to meddle with such high matters — I shaU 
never forget poor Mistress Turner,* my honoured patronea% 
peace be with her ! — she had the ill-luck to meddle in the 
matter of Somerset and Overbury, and so the great earl and his 
lady slipt their necks out of the collar, and left her and some 
half-dozen others to suffer in their stead. I shall never forget 
the sight of her standing on the scaffold with the ruff round her 
pretty neck, all done up with the yellow starch which I had so 
often h^ped her to make, and tha^ was so soon to give place to a 
rough hempen cord. Such a sight, sweetheart, will make one 
loth to meddle with matters that are too hot or heavy for their 
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* Out, you fool !'* answered Mistaress Margaret ; ** am I one to 
speak to you about such criminal practices as that wretch died 
for ! All I desire of you is> to get me precise knowledge of what 
affiur brings this young nobleman to Court.*' 

** And when you have his secret/' said Ursula, '^ what will it 
avail you» sweetheart ! — and yet I would do your errand, if you 
could do as much for me." 

** And what is it you would have of me !" said Mistress 
Margaret. 

" What you have been angry with me for asking before," 
answered Dame Ursula. ^ I want to have some light about the 
story of your god-father's ghost, that is only seen at prayers." 

** Not for Uke world," said Mistress Margaret, ** wiU I be a 
spy on my kind god-father's secrets — No, Ursula — that I will 
never pry into, which he desires to keep hidden. But thou 
knowest that T have a fortune of my own, which must at no 
distant day come under my own management — think of some 
other recompense." 

^ Ay, that I well know," said the oounselloF — ^it is that two 
hundred per year, with your father's indulgence, that makes you 
so wilful, sweetheart" 

'* It may be so," said Margaret Ramsay ; ^ meanwhile, do 
you serve me truly, and here is a ring of value in pledge, that 
when my fortune is in my own hand, I will redeem the token 
with iilty broad pieces of gold." 

" Fifty broad pieces of gold !" repeated the dame ; " and this 
ring, which is a right fair one, in token you fail not of your 
word ! — Well, sweetheart, if I must put my throat in penl, I 
am sure I cannot risk it for a friend more generous thskn you ; 
and I would not think of more than the pleasure of serving you, 
only Benjamin gets more idle every day, and our family " 

'* Say no more of it," said Margaret ; '* we understand each 
other. And now, tell me what you know of this young man*s 
affairs, which made you so unwilUng to meddle with them i" 

'^ Of that I can say no great matter, as yet," answered Dame 
Ursula ; ^ only I know the most powerful among his own country- 
men are against him, and also the most powerful at the Court 
here. But I will learn moi*e of it ; for it will be a dim print that 
I wUl not read for your sake, pretty Mistress Margaret. Know 
you where this gallant dwells I" 

*' I heard by accident," said Margaret, as if ashamed of the 
minute particularity of her memory upon such an occasion, — 
**he lodges, I think — at one Christie's — if I mistake not — at 
Paul's Wharf— a ship-chandler's." 

** A proper lodging for a young baron ! — Well, but cheer you 
up, Mistress Margaret — if he has come up a caterpillar, like 
some of his countrymen, he may cast his slough like them, and 
come out a butterfly. — So I drink good-night and sweet dreams 
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of me within four-and-twenty-hours. And, once more, I commend 
you to your pillow, my pearl of pearls, and Marguerite of Margue- 
rites I" 

So saying, she kissed the reluctant cheek of her young friend, 
or patroness, and took her departure with the light and stealthy 
pace of one, accustomed to accommodate her footsteps to the 
purposes of despatch and secrecy. 

Margaret Ramsay looked after her for some time, in anxious 
silence. '^ I did ill," she at length murmured, " to let her wring this 
out of me ; but she is artful, bold, and serviceable— and I think faith- 
ful — or, if not, she will be true at least to her interest, and that 
1 can command. I would T had not spoken, however — I have 
begun a hopeless work. For what has he said to me, to warrant 
my meddling in his fortunes 1 — Nothing but words of the most 
ordinary import — mere table-talk, and terms of course. Yet 
who knows — ** she said, and then broke off, looking at the glass 
the while ; which, as it reflected back a face of great beauty, pro- 
bably suggested to her mind a more favourable conclusion of the 
sentence than she cared to trust her tongue withaL 



CHAPTER IX. 

So pitiful a thing is suitor's state ! 
Most miserable man, whom wicked fate 
Hath brought to Court to sue, for Had I wirt. 
That few have found, and many a one haUi miss'd ! 
Full little knowest thou, that hast not tried. 
What hell it is, in sueing long to bide : 
To lose good da;^s, that might be better spent ; 
To waste long nights in pensive discontent ; 
To speed to-day, to be put back to-morrow ; 
To feed on hope, to pine with fear and sorrow ; 
To have thy rrinee's grace, yet want her Peers' ; 
To have thy asking, yet wait many years ; 
To fret thy soul with crosses and with cares— 
To eat thy heart through comfortless despairs. 
To fawn, to crouch, to wait, to ride, to run. 
To spend, to give, to want, to be undone. 

Mother Hvbbard^i Tale. 

On the morning of the day on which Greorge Heriot had pre* 
pared to escort the young Lord of Glenvarloch to the Court at 
Whitehall, it may be reasonably supposed that the young man, 
whose fortunes were likely to depend on this cast, felt ^mseif 
more than usually anxious. He rose early, made his toilette with 
uncommon care, and, being enabled, by the generosity of his 
more plebeian countryman, to set out a very handsome person to 
the best advantage, he obtained a momentary approbation from 
himself as he glanced at the mirror, a loud and distinct plaudit 
from his landlady, who declared at once, that, in her judgment, 
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eenoe — so much had she been able to enrich her discourse with 
the metaphors of those with whom her husband dealt. 

At the appointed hour, the barge of Master George Heriot 
arrived, handsomely manned and appointed, having a tilt, with 
his own cipher, and the arms of his company, painted thereupon. 

The young Lord of Glenvarloch received the friend, who had 
evinced such disinterested attachment, with the kind courtesy 
which well became him. 

Master Heriot then made him acquainted with the bounty of 
his Sovereign ; which he paid over to his young friend, declining 
what he had himself formerly advanced to him. Nigel felt aU 
the gratitude which the citizen's disinterested friendship had 
deserved, and was not wanting in expressing it suitably. 

Yet, as the young and high-bom nobleman embarked to go to 
the presence of his Prince, under the patronage of one whose 
best, or most distinguished qualification, was his being an eminent 
member of the Goldsmiths* Incorporation, he felt a little sur- 
prised, if not abashed, at his own situation ; and Richie Moni- 
plies, as he stepped over the gangway to take his place forward in 
the boat, could not help muttering, — ''It was a changed day 
betwixt Master Heriot and his honest father in the Krsemes ; — 
but, doubtless, there was a difference between clinking on gold 
and silver, and clattering upon pewter." 

On they glided, by the assistance of the oars of four stout water- 
men, along the Thames, which then served for the principal high- 
road betwixt London and Westminster ; for few ventured on 
horseback through the narrow and crowded streets of the city, 
and coaches were then a luxury reserved only for the higher 
nobility, and to which no citizen, whatever was his wealth, pre- 
sumed to aspire. The beauty of the banks, especially on the 
northern side, where the gardens of the nobiUty descended from 
their hotels, in many places, down to the water's edge, was pointed 
out to Nigel bv his kind conductor, and was pointed out in vain. 
The mind of the young Lord of Glenvarloch was filled with anti- 
cipations, not the most pleasant, concerning the manner in which 
he was likely to be received by that monarch, in whose behalf his 
fiomily had been nearly reduced to ruin ; and he was, with the 
usual mental anxiety of those in such a situation, framing ima- 
ginary questions from the King, and over-toiling his spirit in 
devising answers to them. 

His conductor saw the labour of Nigel's mind, and avoided 
increasing it by farther conversation ; so that, when he had 
explained to him briefly the ceremonies observed at Court on such 
occasions of presentation, the rest of their voyage was performed 
in silence. 

They landed at Whitehall Stairs, and entered the Palace after 
announcing their names, — the guards paying to Lord Glenvar« 
loch the respect and honours due to his rank. 

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came into the royal apartments. His education abroad, con- 
ducted, as it had been, on a narrow and limited scale, had given 
him but imperfect ideas of the grandeur of a Court ; and tlie 
philosophical reflections which taught him to set ceremonial and 
exterior splendour at defiance, proved, like other maxims of mere 
philosophy, ineffectual, at the moment they were weighed against the 
impression naturally made on the mind of an inexperienced youth, 
by the unusual magnificence of the scene. The splendid apart- 
ments through which they passed, the rich apparel of the grooms, 
guards, and domestics in waiting, and the ceremonial attending 
their passage through the long suite of apartments, had something 
in it, trifling and commonplace as it might appear to practised 
courtiers, embarrassing, and even alarmine, to one, who went 
through these forms for the first time, and who was doubtful what 
sort oNf reception was to accompany his first appearance before 
his Sovereign. 

Heriot, in anxious attention to save his young friend from any 
momentary awkwardness, had taken care to give the necessary 
password to the warders, groooM of the chambers, ushers, or by 
whatever name they were designated ; so they passed on withoat 
interruption. 

In this manner they passed several anterooms, filled chiefly 
with guai'ds, attendants of the Court, and their acquaintances, 
male and female, who, dressed in theur best apparel, and with 
eyes rounded by eager curiosity to make the most of their oppor- 
tunity, stood, with beseeming modesty, ranked against the wall, in 
a manner which indicated tiiat they were spectators, not perfor- 
mers, in the courtly exhibition. 

Through these exterior apartments. Lord Glenvarloeh and his 
city friend advanced into a large and splendid withdrawing-room, 
communicating with the presence-chamber, into which anteroom 
were admitted those only, who from birth, their posts in the state 
or household, or by the particular grant of the King, had right to 
attend the Court, as men entitled to pay their respecto to their 
Sovereign. 

Amid this Cavoured and selected company, Nigel observed Sir 
Mungo Malagrowther, who, avoided and discountenanced by those 
who knew how low he stood in Court interest and favour, was but 
too happy in the opportunity of hooking himself upon a person of 
Lord Glenvarloch's rank, who was, as yet, so inexperienced, as to 
feel it difficult to shake off an intruder. 

The knight forthwith framed his grim features to a ghastly smile, 
and, after a preliminary and patronizing nod to George Heriot, 
accompanied with an aristocratic wave of the hand, which inti- - 
mated at once superiority and protection, he laid aside altogether 
the honest citizen, to whom he owed many a dinner, to attach 
himself exclusively to the youii^ lord, although he sujipected he 
might be occasionally in the predicament of needing one as much 
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anamiable as be was, was not entirely indilTerent to t^e Lord 
Glenvarloch, since the absolute and somewhat constrained silence 
of his good friend Heriot, which left him at hberty to retire paia- 
fally to his own agitating reflections, was now relieved ; while, on 
the other hand, he could not help feeling interest in the sharp and 
sarcastic information pou^^d upon him by an observant, though 
discontented courtier, to whom a patient auditor, and he a man 
of title and rank, was as much a prize, as his acute and com- 
municative disposition rendered him an entertaining companion 
to Nigel Olifaunt. Heriot, in the meantime, neglected by Sir 
Mungc^ and avoiding every at^mpt by which the grateful polite- 
ness of Lord Glenvarloch strove to bring him into the conversa- 
tion, stood by, with a kind of half smile on his countenance ; but 
whether excited by Sir Mungo's wit, or arising at his expense, did 
not exactly appear. 

In the meantime, the trio occupied a nook of the anteroom, 
next to the door of the presence-chamber, which was not yet 
thrown open, when Maxwell, with his rod of office, came bustling 
into the apartment, where most men, excepting those of high 
rank, made way for him. He stopped beside the party in which 
we are interested, looked for a moment at ^e young Scots noble- 
man, then made a slight obeisance to Heriot, and lastly, address- 
ing Sir Mungo Malagrowther, began a hurried complaint to him 
of the misbehaviour of the gentlemen-pensioners and warders, 
who suffered all sort of citizens, suitors, and scriveners, to sneak 
into the outer apartments, without either respect or decency. — 
** The English," he said, *' were scandalized, for such a thing 
durst not be attempted in the Queen's days. In her time, there 
was then tlie court-yard for tlie mobility, and the apartments for 
the nobility ; and it reflects on your place, Sir Mungo," he added, 
*^ belonging to the household as you do, that such tldngs should 
not be better ordered." 

Here Sir Mimgo, afflicted, as was frequently the case on such 
occasions, with one of his usual fits of deafness, answered, <Mt 
was no wonder the mobility used freedoms, when those whom 
they saw in office were so little better in blood and havings than 
themselves." 

'< You are right, sir — quite right," said Maxwell, putting his 
hand on the tarnished embroidery on the old knight's sleeve, — 
" when such fdlows see men in office dressed in cast-off suits, like 
paltry stage-players, it is no wonder the CJourt is thronged with 
intruders." 

" Were yoa. lauding the taste of my embroidery, Maister Max- 
well!" answered the knight, who apparently interpreted the 
deputy-chamberlain's meaning rather from his action than his 
words ; — 'Mt is of an ancient and liberal pattern, having been 
made by your mother's father, auld James Stitchell, a master- 
fiishioner of honest repute, in Merlin's Wynd, whom 1 made 
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your fieither thought fit to intermarry with sic a person's 
daughter." ♦ 

Maxwell looked stem ; but, conscious there was nothing to be 
got of Sir Mungo in the way of amends, and that prosecuting the 
quarrel with such an adversary would only render him ridiculous, 
and make pubUc a miK-alliance of which he had no reason to be 

Eroud, he covered his resentment with a sneer ; and, expi^ssing 
is regret that Sir Mungo was become too deaf to understand or 
attend to what was said to him, walked on, and planted himself 
beside the folding-doors of the presence-chamber, at which he was 
to perform the duty of deputy -chamberlain, or usher, so soon as 
they should be opened. 

" The door of the presence is about to open," said the gold* 
smith, in a whisper, to his young friend ; '^ my condition permits 
me to go no farther with you. Fail not to present yourself 
boldly, according to your birth, and offer your Supplication , 
which the King will not refuse to accept, and, as I hope, to con- 
sider favourably." 

As he spoke, the door of the presence-chamber opened accor- 
dingly, and, as is usual on such occasions, the courtiers began to 
advance towards it, and to enter in a slow, but continuous and 
uninterrupted stream. 

As Nigel presented himself in his turn at the entrance, and men- 
tioned his name and title. Maxwell seemed to hesitate. *^ You are 
not known to any one," he said. *^ It is my duty to suffer no one 
to pass to the presence, my lord, whose face is unknown to me, 
nnless upon the word of a responsible person." 

" I came with Master Greorge Heriot," said Nigel, in some em- 
barrassment at this unexpected interruption. 

*' Master Heriot's name will pass current for much gold and 
silver, my lord," repUed Maxwell, with a civil sneer, *' but not 
for birth and rank. I am compeUed by my office to be peremp- 
tory. — The entrance is impeded — I am much concerned to say 
it — your lordship must stand back." 

*' What is the matter I" said an old Scottish nobleman, who 
had been speaking with George Heriot, after he had separated 
from Nigel, and who now came forward, observing the alterca- 
tion betwixt the latter and Maxwell. 

"It is only Master Deputy-Cljamberlain Maxwell," said sir 
Mungo Malagrowther, ** expressing his joy to see Lord Glenvar- 
loch at Court, whose father gave him his office — at least I think 
he is speaking to that purport — for your lordship kens my im- 
perfection." A subdued laugh, such ab the situation permitted, 
passed round amongst those who heard this specimen of Sir 
Mungo*s sarcastic temper. But the old nobleman stepped still 
more forward, saying, — "What! — the son of my gallant old 
opponent, Ochtred Olifaunt ? — I will introduce him to the; pre^ 
sence myself." 

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So saying, he took Nigel by the arm, without farther ceremony, 
and was about to lead him forward, when Maxwell, still keeping 
his rod across the door, said, but with hesitation and embarrass- 
ment, — '* My lord, this gentleman is not known, and I have 
orders to be scrupulous." 

^ Tutti-taiti, man," said the old lord, '^ I will be answerable he 
is his fatlier's son, from the cut of his eyebrow — and thou. 
Maxwell, knew'st his father well enough to have spared thy 
Bcruples. Let us pass, man." So saying, he put aside the 
deputy-chamberiain*s rod, and entered the presence-room, sail 
holding the young nobleman by the arm. 

** Why, I must know you, man," he said — ** I must know 
you. I knew your father well, man, and I have broke a lance 
and eroflsed a blade with him ; and it is to my credit that I am 
living to brag of it. He was king's-man, and I was queenVman, 
during the Douglas wars — young fellows both, that feared neither 
fire nor steel ; and we had some old feudal quaiTels besides, that 
had come down from father to son, with our seal-rings, two- 
handed broadswords, and plate-coats, and the crests on our 
bnrgonets." 

** Too loud, my Lord of Huntinglen," whispered a gentleman 
of the chamber,-^" The King ! — the King I" 

The old Earl (for such he proved) took the hint, and was 
silent ; and James, advancing from a side-door, received in 
succession the compliments of strangers, while a little group of 
&vourite courtiers, or officers of the household, stood around him, 
to whom he addressed himself from time to time. Some more 
pains had been bestowed on his toilette than upon the occasion 
when we first presented the monarch to our readers ; but there 
was a natural awkwardness about his figure which prevented his 
clothes from sitting handsomely, and the prudence or timidity of 
his disposition had made him adopt the custom, already noticed, 
of wearing a dress so thickly quilted as might withstand the 
stroke of a dagger, which added an ungainly stififness to his whole 
appearance, contrasting oddly witli the frivolous, ungraceful, and 
fidgeting motions with which he accompanied his conversation. 
And yet, though tiie King's deportment was very undignified, he 
had a manner so kind, familiar, and good-humoured, was so 
little apt to veil over or conceal his own foibles, and had so much 
indulgence and sympathy for those of others, tliat his address, 
joined to his learning, and a certain proportion of shrewd mother- 
wit, failed not to make a Cttvourable impression on those who 
apmroached his person. 

When the Earl of Huntinglen had presented Nigel to his 
Sovereign, a ceremony which the good peer took upon himself, 
the King received the young lord very graciously, and observed 
to his introducer, that he ** was fain to see them twa stand side 
by side ; for I trow« my Lord Huntinglen," continued he, '* your 

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ancestors, ay, and e'en your lordship's self and this lad's father, 
have stood front to front at the sword^s point, and that is a worse 
posture." 

"Until your Majesty," said Lord Huntinglen, "made Lord 
Ochtred and me cross palms, upon the memorable day when 
your Majesty feasted all the nobles that were at feud together, 
and made them join hands in your presence " 

" I mind it weel," said the King ; " I mind it weel — it was a 
blessed day, being the nineteen of September, of all days in the 
year — and it was a blithe sport to see how some of the carles 
grinned as they clapped hoofs together. By my saul, I thought 
some of them, mair special the Uieland chiels, wad have broken 
out in our own presence ; but we caused them to march hand in 
hand to the Cross, ourselves leading the way, and there drink a 
blithe cup of kindness with ilk other, to the stanching of feud, 
and perpetuation of amity. Auld John Anderson was Provost 
that year — the carle grat for joy, and the Bailies and Councillors 
danced bare-headed in our presence like five-year-auld colts, for 
very triumph." 

^' It was indeed a happy day," said Lord Huntinglen, " and 
will not be forgotten in the history of your Majesty's reign." 

" I would not that it were, my lord," replied the Monarch — 
" I would not that it were pretermitted in our annals. Ay, ay — 
Beati pacifici. My English lieges here may weel make much of 
me, for I would have them to know, they have gotten the only 
peaceable man that ever came of my family. If James with the 
Fiery Face had come amongst you," he said, looking round him, 
" or my great grandsire, of Flodden memory !" 

'' We should have sent him back to the north again," whis- 
pered one English nobleman. 

" At least," said another, in the same inaudible tone, " we 
should have had a man to our sovereign, though he were but a 
Scotsman." 

" And now, my young springaJd," said the King to Lord Glen- 
varloch, ** where have you been spending your calf-time V 

** At Leyden, of late, may it please your Majesty," answered 
Lord Nigel. 

" Aha ! a scholar," said the King ; " and, by my saul, a modest 
and ingenuous youth, that hath not forgotten how to blush, like 
most of our travelled Monsieurs. We will treat him confor- 
mably." 

Then drawing himself up, coughing slightly, and looking around 
him with the conscious importance of superior leaiming, while all 
the courtiers who understood, or understood not, Latin, pressed 
eagerly forward to listen, the sapient monarch prosecuted his 
inquiries as follows : — 

" Hem ! hem ! Salw bis, quaterque scUve, Glenvarlochide$ not- 
ter ! Nuperumne ah Lugduno Batavorum JBritanniam rediitiif* 

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*^ Into, Rex augtutimme — bienniun* fere apud Lugdunentet 
wtorcUus sum." 

James proceeded — 

*' Biennium diets 7 bene, bene, optume factum est — Non uno dUf 
quod dioutU, — intelligistif Domine GlenTctrlochiensis 7 Aha !" 

Nigel replied by a reverent bow, and the King, turning to those 
behind him, said — 

'^ AdoUscens gvidem ingenui vuUus ingenuique pudoris,** Then 
resumed his learned queries. ** Et quid hoaie Lugdunenses 
loquuHtur — Vossius tester nihUne novi scripsit ? — nihil certe, quod 
doleo, typis recent^r edidit" 

^ Valet quidem Vossius, Bex benewle" replied Nigel, "a«* 
senex veneratissimus annum agit, nifaUor, septuagesimum." 

" Virum, mehercle, vix tarn grandcerum crediderim,** replied 
the monarch. " Et Vorstius istel — Arminii improbi successor 
oeque ac sectator — Herosne adhuo, ut cum Homero loquar, Zvos 

icri ueti iwi ;^^ow ^t^xMV V* 

Nigel, by good fortune, remembered that Vorstius, the divine 
last mentioned in his Majesty's queries about the state of Dutch 
literature, had been engaged m a personal controversy with James, 
in which the King had taken so deep an interest, as at length to 
hint in his public correspondence with the United States, that 
tliey would do well to apply the secular arm to stop the progress 
of heresy by violent measures against the Professor's person — a 
demand which their Mighty Mightinesses' principles of universal 
toleration induced them to elude, though with some difficulty. 
Knowing all this, liord Glenvarloch, though a courtier of only 
five minutes' standing, had address enough to reply — 

^ Vivum quidem, haud diu est, hominem viaebam — vigere 
autem quis dicctt qui sub fulminibus eloquentim tuce, Bex magne, 
jamdudum pronusjacet, et prostratus ?"* 

This last tribute to his polemical powers completed James's 
happiness, which the triumph of exhibiting his erudition had 
ah!eady raised to a considerable height. 

He rubbed his hands, snapped his fingers, fidgeted, chuckled, 
exclaimed — ''Euge ! belle I optime /" and turning to the Bishops 
of Exeter and Oxford, who stood behind him, he said, — " Ye see, 
my lords, no bad specimen of our Scottish Latinity, with which 
language we would all our subjects of England were as well 
imbued as this, and other youths of honourable birth, in our auld 
kingdom ; also, we keep the genuine and Roman pronunciation, 
like other learned nations on the continent, sae that we hold com- 
muning with any scholar in the universe, who can but speak the 
Latin tongue ; whereas ye, our learned subjects of England, have 

• Lest any lady or gentleman should suspect there is aught of mystery 
concealed under the sentences printed in Italics, they will be pleased to under- 
stand, that they contain only a few commonplace Latin phrases, relating to tlie 
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introdueed into your universities, otberwiae most learned, a fashion 
of pronouncing like unto the ' nippit foot and clippit foot ' of th« 
bride in the fairy tale, whilk manner of speech, (take it notamias 
that I be round with you) can be understood by no nation on 
earth saving youirselves ; whereby Latin, quoad Anght^ oeaseth 
to be communis lingua, the general diagoman, or interpreter, 
between all the wise men of the earth." 

The Bishop oi Exetor bowed, as in acquiescence to the royal 
censure ; but he of Oxford stood upright, as mindful over what 
subjects his see extended, and as being equally willing to become 
food for fagots in defence of the Latinity of the university, as for 
any artide of his religious creed. 

The King, without awaiting an answer from either prelate, pro- 
ceeded to question Lord Nigel, but in the vernacular tongue, — 
^ Weel, my likely Alumnus of the Muses, and what make you so 
far from the north !" 

^ To pay my homage to your Majesty,'' said the young noble- 
man, kneeling on one knee, ^ and to lay before you," he added, 
^ this my humble and dutifiil Supplication." 

The pre6^nting of a pistol would certainly have startled King 
James more, but could (setting apart the fright) hardly have heea 
more unpleasing to his indolent disposition. 

^ And is it even so, man I" said he ; ^and can no sin^ man, 
were it but for the rarity of the case, ever come up frae Scotland, 
excepting ex proposito — on set purpose, to see what he can make 
out of his loving Sovereign 1 It is but three days syne that we 
had weel-nigh lost our life, and put tiiree kingdoms into dule-weeds, 
from the over haste of a clumsy-handed peasant, to thrust a packet 
into our hand, and now we are beset by the like impediment in our 
very Court To our Secretary with that gear, my lord — to oar 
Secretary with that gear." 

^I have abeady offered my humble Supplication to your 
Majesty's Secretary of State," said Lord Glenvarloeh — *^but it 
seems " 

<<That he would not receive it, I warrant!" said the King, 
interrupting him ; '< by my saul, our Secretary kens that point of 
king-craft, called refusing, better than we do, and will look at 
nothing but what he Ukes himsell — I think I wad make a better 
Secretary to him than he to me. — Weel, my lord, you are welcome 
CO London ; and, as ye seem an acute and learned youth, I advise 
ye to turn your neb northward as soon as ye like, and settle your- 
sell for a while at Saint Andrews, and we will be right glad to hear 
that you prosper in your studies. — Iwmmbite rtmit forUUr** 

While the King spoke, he held the petition of the voung lord 
carelessly, like one who only delayed till the supplicant's back was 
turned, to throw it away, or at least lay it aside to be no more 
looked at. The petitioner, who read this in his cold and indiffe- 
rent looks, and in the manner in which he twisted and crumpled 
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pjomtment, made a profound obeisance, and was about to retire 
bafitily. But Lord Huntinglen, who stood by him, checked his 
intention by an ahnost imperceptible touch upon the skirt of his 
doak, and Nigel, taking the hint, retreated only a few steps from 
the royal presence, and then made a pause. In the meantime. 
Lord Huntinglen kneeled before James^ in his turn, and said — 
** May it pleajse your Majesty to remember, that upon one certain 
occasion you did promise to grant me a boon every year of your 
sacred life !" ♦ 

^ I naind it weel, man," answered James, ^ I mind it weel, and 
good reason why — it was when you unclasped the fause traitor 
Rothren's fangs from about our royal throat, and drove your 
dirk into him tike a true subject. We did then, as you remind 
UB, (whilk was unnecessary,) being partly beside ourselves with 
joy at our liberation, promise we would grant you a free boon 
every year ; whilk promise, on our eomiDg to menseful possession 
of our royal Acuities, we did confirm, restrictwi always and con- 
dUumaliter, that your lordship's demand should be such as we, 
in our royal discretion, should think reasonable." 

" Even so, gracious Sovereign," said the old Earl, " and may I 
yet fitrther cnive to know if 1 have ever exceeded the bounds of 
your royal benevolence !" 

** By my word, man, no I" said the King ; " I cannot remember 
you have asked much for yourself, if it be not a dog, or a hawk, 
or a buck out of our park at Theobald's, or such like. But to 
what serves tliis preface 1" 

^ To the boon which I am now to ask of your Grace," said 
Lord Huntinglen; *< which is, that your Majesty would be 
pleased, on the instant, to look at the placet c^ Lord Glenvarloch, 
and do upon it what your own just and royal nature shall think 
meet and just, without reference to your Secretary or any other 
o€your Council." 

"^ By my sanl, my lord, this is strange," said the King ; '' ye are 
pleading for the son of your enemy !" 

" Of one who teas my enemy till your Majesty made him my 
friend," answered Lord Huntinglen. 

** Weel spoken, my lord 1" said the King ; " and with a true 
Quistian spirit. And, respecting the Supplication of this young 
man, I partly guess where the matter lies ; and in plain troth I 
had promised to George Heriot to be good to the lad — But then, 
here tiie shoe pinches. Steenie and Baby Charles cannot abide 
him — neither can your own son, my lord ; and so, methinks, he 
had better go down to Scotland before he comes to ill luck by 
Aem." 

** My son, an it please your Majesty, so far as he is concerned, 
ahall not direct my doings," said tlie Elarl, " nor any wild-headed 
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" Why, neither shall they mine," replied the Monarch ; •* by 
my father's saul, none of them all shall play Rex with me — I 
will do what T will, and what I ought, like a free King.*' 

" Your Majesty will then grant me my boon ?" said the Lord 
Huntinglen. 

"Ay, marry will I — marry will I,** said the King; "but 
follow me this way, man, where we may be more private." 

He led Lord Huntinglen with rather a hurried step through 
the courtiers, all of whom gazed earnestly on this unwonted 
scene, as is the fashion of all courts on similar occasions. The 
King passed into a little cabinet, and bade, in the first moment. 
Lord Huntinglen lock or bar the door ; but countermanded his 
direction in the next, saying, — ^ No, no, no — bread o' life, man, 
I am a free King — will do what I will and what I should — I 
am justui ei Ufuix propotiti, man — nevertheless, keep by the 
door, Lord Huntinglen, in case Steenie should come in with his 
mad humour." • 

" Oh, my poor master !** groaned the Earl of Huntinglen. 
*' When you were in your own cold country, you had warmer 
blood in your veins." 

The King hastily looked over the petition or memorial, every 
now and then glancing his eye towards the door, and then Hinking 
it hastily on the paper, ashamed that Lord Huntinglen, whom he 
respected, should suspect him of timidity. 

^' To grant the truth," he said, after he had finished his hasty 
perusal, " this is a hard case ; and harder than it was represented 
to me, though I had some inkling of it before. And so the lad 
only wants payment of the siller due from us, in order to reclaim 
his paternal estate ! But then, Huntinglen, the lad will have 
other debts — and why burden himsell with sae mony acres of 
barren woodland ? let the land gang, man, let the laid gang ; 
Steenie has the promise of it from our Scottish Chancellor — it is 
the best hunting-ground in Scotland — and Baby Charles and 
Steenie want to kill a buck there this next year — they maun hae 
the land — they maun hae the land ; and our debt shall be paid 
to the young man plack and bawbee, and he may have the spend- 
ing of it at our Court ; or if he has such an card hunger, wouns ! 
man, we '11 stuff his stomach with English land, which is worth 
twice as much, ay, ten times as much, as these accursed hills and 
heughs, and mosses and muirs, that he is sae keen after." 

All this while the poor King ambled up and down the apart- 
ment in a piteous state of uncertainty, which was made more 
ridiculous by his shambling circular mode of mana^ng his legs, 
and his ungainly fashion on such occasions of fiddlmg with toe 
bunches of ribbons which fastened the loVer part of his dress. 

Lord Huntinglen listened with great composure, and answered, 
*' An it please your Majesty, there was an answer yidded by 
Naboth when Ahab coveted his vineyard — *The Lord, forbid 
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** Ey, my lord — ey, my lord !" ejaculated James, while all the 
colour mounted both to his cheek and nose ; " I hope ye mean 
not to teach me divinity 1 Ye need not fear, my lord, that I will 
shun to do justice to every man ; and, since your lordship will 
give me no help to take up this man in a more peaceful manner 
— whilk, methinks, would be better for the young man, as I said 
before, — why — since it maun be so — 'sdeath, I am a free King, 
man, and he shall have his money, and redeem his land, and make 
a kirk and a miln of it, an he will." So saying, he hastily wrote an 
order on the Scottish Exchequer for the sum in question, and then 
added, " How they are to pay it, I see not ; but I warrant he 
will find money on the order among the goldsmiths, who can find 
it for every one but me. — And now you see, my lord of Huntin- 
glen, that I am neither an untrue man, to deny you the boon 
whilk I became bound for, nor an Ahab, to covet Naboth's vine- 
yard,; nor a mere nose-of-wax, to be twisted this way and that, 
by favourites and counsellors at their pleasure. I think you will 
grant now that I am none of those !** 

" You are my own native and noble Prince," said Huutinglen, 
as he knelt to kiss the royal hand — "just and generous, when- 
ever you listen to the workings of your own heart." 

** Ay, ay," said the King, laughing good-naturedly, as he raised 
his faithful servant from the ground, " that is what ye all say when 
I do any thing to please ye. There — there, take tlie sign-manual, 
and away with you and this young fellow. I wonder Steenieand 
Baby Charles have not broken in on us before now." 

Lord Huntinglen hastened from tlie cabinet, foreseeing a scene 
at which he was unwilling to be present, but which sometimes 
occurred when James roused himself so far as to exert his own 
free-will, of which he bosusted so much, in spite of that of his 
imperious favourite Steenie, as he called the Duke of Buckingham, 
from a supposed resemblance betwixt his very handsome counte- 
nance, and that with which the ItaHan artists represented the 
protomartyr Stephen. In fact, the haughty favourite, who had 
the unusual good fortune to stand as high in the opinion of the 
heir-apparent as of the existing monarch, had considerably dimi- 
nished in his respect towards the latter ; and it was apparent, to 
the more shrewd courtiers, that James endured his domination 
rather from habit, timidity, and a dread of encountering hia 
stormy passions, thian from any heartfelt continuation of regard 
towards him, whose greatness had been the work of his own 
hands. To save himself the pain of seeing what was likely to 
take place on the Duke's return, and to preserve the King 
from the additional humiliation which the presence of such a 
witness muftt have occasioned, the Earl left the cabinet as speedily 
as possible, having first carefully pocketed the important sign- 
manual. 

No sooner had he entered the presence-room, than he hastily 
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of one of the windows, from the geiieral gaze of men who seemed 
disposed only to afford him the notice which arises from surprise 
and curiosity, and, taking him by the arm, without speaking, led 
him out of the presence-chamber into the first anteroom. Here 
they found the worthy goldsmith, who approached them with looks 
of curiosity, which were checked by the old lord, who said hastily^ 
" All is well. — Is your barge in waiting V* Heriot answered in 
the affirmative. " Then," said Lord Huntinglen, " you shall give 
me a cast in it, as the watermen say, and I, in requital, will give 
you both your dinner; for we must have some conversatioa 
together." 

They both followed the Earl without speaking, and were in the 
second anteroom when the important annunciation of the ushers, 
and the haaty murmur with which all made ample way as the 
company repeated to each other, — ** The Duke — the Duke I" 
made them aware of the approach of the omnipotent favourite. 

He entered, that unhappy minion of court favour, sumptuously 
dressed in the picturesque attire which will Hve for ever on the 
canvass of Vandyke, and which marks so well the proud age, 
when aristocracy, though undermined and nodding to its fSll, 
still, by external show and profuse expense, endeavoured to 
assert its paramount superiority over the inferior orders. The 
handsome and commanding countenance, stately form, and grace- 
ful action and manners of the Duke of Buckingham, made him 
become that picturesque dress beyond any man of his time. At 
present, however, his countenance seemed discomposed, his dress 
a httle more disordered than became the place, his step hasty, and 
his voice imperative. 

All marked the angry spot upon his brow, and bore back so 
suddenly to make way for lum, that the Earl of Huntinglen, who 
affected no extraordinary haste on the occaaon, with his compa- 
nions, who could not, if they would, have decently left him, 
remained as it were by themselves in the middle of the room, and 
in the very path of the angry favourite. He touched his ci^ 
sternly as he looked on Huntinglen, but unbonneted to Heriot, 
and sunk his beaver, with its shadowy plume, as low as the floor, 
with a profound air of mock respect. In returning his greeting, 
which he did simply and unaffectedly, the citizen only said, — 
** Too much courtesy, my lord duke, is often the reverse of kind- 
ness." 

** I grieve you should think so. Master Heriot," answered the 
Duke ; *< I only meant, by my homage, to claim your protection^ 
sir — your patronage. You are become, I understand, a solicitor 
of suits — a promoter — an undertaker — a fautor of court suitors 
of merit and quality, who chance to be pennyless. I trust your 
bags will bear you out in your new boast." 

" They will bear me the farther, my lord duke," answered the 
goldsmith, ^' that my boast is but small." 

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continued the Duke, in the same tone of irony ; ^ you have a 
marvellous court-faction, to be the son of an Edinburgh tinker. 
Have the goodness to prefer me to the knowledge of the high-bom 
nobleman who is honoured and advantaged by your patronage." 

** That shall be my task," said Lord Huntinglen, with emphasis. 
" My lord duke, I desire you to know Nigel Olifaunt, Lord Glen- 
varloch, representative of one of the most ancient and powerful 
baronial houses in Scotland — Lord Glenvarloch, I present you to 
bis Grace the Duke of Buckingham, representative of Sir Greorge 
Villiers, Knight, of Brookesby, in the county of Leicester." 

The Duke coloured still more high as he bowed to Lord Glen- 
varloch scornfully, a courtesy which the other returned haughtily, 
and with restrained indignation. ** We know each other, then," 
said the Duke, after a moment's pause, and as if he had seen 
something in the young nobleman which merited more serious 
notice than the bitter ntiUery with which he conunenced — ^we 
know each other — and you know me, my lord, for your enemy." * 

*' I thank you for your plainness, my lord duke," replied Nigel ; 
•* an open enemy is better than a hollow friend." 

" For you, my Lord Huntinglen," said the Duke, " methinks 
you have but now overstepped the limits of the indulgence per- 
mitted to you, as the father of the Prince's friend, and my own." 

" By my word, my lord duke," replied the Earl, " it is easy for 
any one to outstep boundaries, of the existence of which he was 
not aware. It is neither to secure my protection nor approbation, 
that my son keeps such exalted company." 

*' Oh, my lord, we know you, and indulge you," said the Duke ; 
^ you are one of those who presume for a hfe-long upon the merit 
of one good action." 

^ In &ith, my lord, and if it be so," said the old Earl, " 1 have 
at least the advantage of such as presume more than I do, with- 
out having done any action of merit whatever. But I mean not 
to quarrel with you, my lord — we can neither be friends nor 
enemies — you have your path, and I have mine." 

Buckingham only replied by throwing on his bonnet, and 
shaking its lofty plume with a careless and scornful toss of the 
head. They parted thus ; the Duke walking onwards through 
the apartments, and the others leaving the palace and repairing 
to Whitehall stairs, where they embarked on board the barge of 
thedtizen. 

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CHAPTER X. 

Bid not thy fortune troll upon the wheels 
Of yonder dancing cubes or mottled bone ; 
And drown it not, like E^^pt's roval harlot. 
Dissolving her rich pearl in the brinun'd wine-cop 
These are the arts, Lothario, which shrink acres 
Into brief yards— bring sterling pounds to fiarthinga. 
Credit to infamy ; and the poor gull, 
Who might have lived an honour'd, easy life. 
To ruin, and an unregarded grave. 

Ttie Changes. 

When they were fairly embarked on the Thames, the Earl 
took from his pocket the Suppticatioa, and, pointing out to George 
Heriot the royal warrant indorsed thereon, asked him, if it were 
in due and regular form 1 The worthy citizen hastily read it 
over, thrust forth his hand as if to congratulate the Lord Glen- 
varloch, then checked himself, pulled out his barnacles, (a present 
from old David Ramsay,) and again perused the warrant with the 
most business-like and critical attention. " It is strictly correct 
and formal," he said, looking to the £arl of Huntinglen ; ^ and I 
sincerely rejoice at it." 

" I doubt nothing of its formality," said the Earl ; " the King 
understands business well, and, if he does not practise it often, it 
is only because indolence obscures parts which are naturally well 
qualified for the discharge of affairs. But what is next to be 
done for our young friend, Master Heriot! You know how I am 
circumstanced. Scottish lords living at the English Court have 
seldom command of money ; yet, unless a sum can be presently 
raised on this warrant, matters standing as you hastily hinted to 
me, the mortgage, wadset, or whatever it is called, will be fore- 
closed." 

" It is true," said Heriot, in some embarrassment ; ** there is a 
large sum wanted in redemption — yet, if it is not raised, there 
will be an expiry of the legal, as our lawyers call it, and the estate 
will be evicted." 

*' My noble — my worthy friends, who have taken up my cause 
so undeservedly, so unexpectedly," said Nigel, " do not let me be 
a burden on your kindness. You have already done too much 
where nothing was merited." 

"Peace, man, peace," said Lord Huntinglen, "and let old 
Heriot and me puzzle this scent out He is about to open — hark 
to him !" 

" My lord," said the citizen, " the Duke of Buckingham sneers 
at our city money-bags ; yet they can sometimes open, to prop a 
falling and a noble house." 

*• We know they can," said Lord Huntinglen — "mind not 
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** 1 partly hinted to Lord Glenvarlocb already," said Heriot, 
** tliat the redemption money might be advanced upon such a 
warrant as the present, and I will engage my honour that it can. 
But then, in order to secure the lender, he must come in the 
shoes of the creditor to whom he advances payment." 

** Come in his shoes !" repUed the Earl ; " Why, what have 
boots or shoes to do with this matter, my good friend V* 

** It is a law phrase, my lord. My experience has made me 
pick up a few of them," said Heriot. 

** Ay, and of better things alons with them. Master George," 
replied Lord Huntinglen ; " but what means it V* 

" Simply this," resumed the citizen ; ** that the lender of this 
money will transact with the holder of the mortgage, or wadset, 
over the estate of Glenvarlocb, and obtain from him such a con- 
veyance to his right as shall leave the lands pledged for the debt, 
in case the warrant upon the Scottish Exchequer should prove 
unproductive. I fear, in this uncertainty of pubUc credit, that, 
without some such counter security, it will be very difficult to 
find so large a sum." 

'< Ho la !" said the Earl of Huntmglen, ^ halt there ! a thought 
strikes me. — What if the new creditor should admire the estate 
as a hunting-field, as much as my Lord Grace of Buckingham 
seems to do, and should wish to kill a buck there in the summer 
season ? It seems to me, that on your plan, Master George, our 
-new friend will be as well entitled to block Lord Glenvarlocb out 
of his inheritance as the present holder of the mortgage." 

The citizen laughed. *' I will engage," he said, ^ that the 
keenest sportsman to whom I may apply on this occasion, shall 
not have a thought beyond the Lord Mayor's Easter-hunt, in 
Epping-Forest. But your lordship's caution is reasonable. The 
ci^tor must be bound to allow Lord Glenvarlocb sufficient time 
to redeem his estate by means of the royal warrant, and must 
wave in his favour the right of instant foreclosure, which may 
be, I should think, the more easily managed, as the right of 
redemption must be exercised in his own name." 

^ But where shall we find a person in London fit to draw the 
necessary writings 1" said the Earl. " If my old friend Sir John 
Skene of Halyards had lived, we should have had his advice; 
but time presses, and " 

" I know," said Heriot, '' an orphan lad, a scrivener, that 
dwells by Temple-Bar ; he can draw deeds both after the EngUsh 
and Scottish fashion, and I have trusted him often in matters of 
weight and of importance. I will send one of my serving-men 
for him, and tlie mutual deeds may be executed in your lor£hip's 
presence ; for, as things stand, there should be no delay." His 
lordship readily assented; and, as they now landed upon the 
private stairs leading down to the river from the gardens of the 
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Nigel, who had sat almost stupified while these zealous fnends 
volunteered for him in arranging the measures by which his for- 
tune was to be disembarrassed, now made another eager attempt 
to force upon them his broken expressions of thanks and grati- 
tude. But he was again silenced by Lord Hnntinglen, who 
declared he would not hear a word on that topic, and proposed 
instead, that they should take a turn in the pleached alley, or sit 
upon the stone bench which overlooked the Thames, until his 
son's arrival should give the signal for dinner. 

** I desire to introduce Dalgai'no and Lord Glenvarloch to each 
other,** he said, "as two who will be near neighbours, and I 
trust will be more kind ones than their fathers were formerly. 
There is but three Scots miles betwixt the castles, and the turrets 
of the one are visible from the battlements of the other." 

The old Eisrl was silent for a moment, and appeared to muse 
upon the recollections which the vicinity of the castles had sum- 
moned up. 

" Does Lord Dalgamo follow the Court to Newmarket next 
week V* said Heriot, by way of removing the conversation. 

" He proposes so, I tlnnk," answered Lord Huntinglen, relapsed 
into his reverie for a minute or two, and then addressed Nigel 
somewhat abruptly — 

<' My young friend, when you attain possession of your inheri- 
tance, as I hope you soon will, I trust you will not add one to 
the idle followers of the Court, but reside on your patrimonial 
estate, cherish your ancient tenants, relieve and assist your poor 
kinsmen, protect the poor against subaltern oppression, and do 
what our fathers used to do, with fewer lights and with less 
means than we have." 

" And yet the advice to keep the country," said Heriot, ** comes 
from an ancient and constant ornament of the Court." 

" From an old courtier, indeed," said the Earl, " and the first 
of my family that could so write himself — my gray beard falls 
on a cambric ruff, and a silken doublet — my father's descended 
upon a buff coat and a breastplate. I would not that these days 
of battle returned ; but I should love well to make the oaks of 
my old forest of Dalgamo ring once more with halloo, and horn, 
and hound, and to have the old stone-arched hall return the 
hearty shout of my vassals and tenants, as the bicker and the 
quaigh walked their rounds amongst them. I should like to see 
the broad Tay once more before I die -^ not even the Thames 
can match it, in my mind." 

" Surely, my lord," said the citizen, " all this might be easily 
done — it costs but a moment's resolution, and the journey of 
some brief days, and you will be where you desire to be — what 
is there to prevent you !" 

« Habits, Master George, habits," replied the Earl, " which to 
young men are like threads of silk, so lightly are they worn, so 
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stiffened them into gyves of iron. To go to Scotland for a brief 
space were but labour in vain ; and when I tliink of abiding 
tbere, I cannot bring myself to leave my old Master, to whom I 
fancy myself sometimes useful, and whose weal and wo I have 
shared for so many years. But Dalgamo shall be a Scottish 
noble." 

** Has he visited the North I" said Heriot. 

^ He was there last year, and made such a report of the coun- 
try, tliat the Prince has expressed a longing to see it." 

*^ Lord Dalgamo is in high graoe with his Highness, and the 
Duke of Buclungham !" ol»erved the goldsmith. 

" He is so," answered the Earl, — " I pray it may be for the 
advantage of them all. The Prince is just and equitable in his 
sentiments, though cold and stately in his manners, and very 
obstinate in his most trifling purposes ; and the Duke, noble and 
gallant, and generous and open, is fiery, ambitious, and impe- 
tuous. Dalgamo has none of these faults, and such as he may 
have of his own, may perchance be corrected by the society in 
which he moves. — See, here he comes." 

Lord Dalgamo accordingly advanced from the farther end of 
the alley to the bench on which his father and his guests were 
seated, bo that Nigel had full leisure to peruse his countenance 
and figure. He was dressed point-device, and almost to extre- 
mity, in the splendid fashion of the time, which suited well witli 
his age, probably about five-and-twenty, with a noble form and 
fine countenance, in which last could easily be traced the manly 
features of his £&ther, but softened by a more habitual air of 
assiduous courtesy than the stubborn old Earl had ever conde- 
seended to assume towards the world in general. In other 
respects, his address was gallant, free, a|^d unencumbered either 
by pride or ceremony — fer remote certainly from the charge 
either of haughty coldness or forward impetuosity; and so far his 
father had justly freed him fr*om the marked faults which he 
ascribed to &e manners of the Prince and his favourite Buck- 
in^am. 

)Vhile the old Earl presented his young acquaintance Lord 
Glenvarioch to his son, as one whom he would have him love and 
honour, Nigel marked the countenance of Lord Dalgamo closely, 
to see if he could detect aught of that secret dishke which the 
King had, in one of his broken expostulations, seemed to intimate, 
EH arising from a clashing of interests betwixt his new friend and 
tlie great Buckingham. But nothing of this was visible ; on the 
contrary, Lord Dalgamo received his new acquaintance with the 
open frankness and courtesy which makes conquest at once, when 
addressed to the feelings of an ingenuous young man. 

It need hardly be told that his open and friendly address met 
equally ready and cheerful acceptation fr^m Nigel Olifaont For 
many monms, and while a youth not much above two-and- 
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versation of his equals. When, on his father's sudden deatli, he 
left the Low Countries for Scotland, he had found himself in- 
volved, to all appearance inextricably, with the details of the law, 
all of which threatened to end in the alienation of the patrimony 
which should support his hereditary rank. His term of sincere 
mourning, joined to injured pride, and the swelling of the heart 
under unexpected and undeserved misfortune, togetlier witli the 
uncertainty attending the issue of his affairs, had induced tlie 
young Lord of Glenvarloch to live, while in Scotland, in a very 
private and reserved manner. How he had passed his time in 
London, the reader is acquainted with. But this melancholy and 
secluded course of life was neither agreeable to his age nor to his 
temper, which was genial and sociable. He hailed, therefore, 
with sincere pleasure, the approaches which a young man of his 
own age and rank made towards him; and, when he had ex- 
changed with Lord Dalgamo some of those words and signals by 
which, as surely as by those of free-masonry, young people recog- 
nize a mutual wish to be agreeable to each other, it seemed ae if 
the two noblemen had been acquainted for some time. 

Just as this tacit intercourse had been established, one of Lord 
Huntinglen's attendants came down the alley, marshalling onwards 
a man dressed in black buckram, who followed him with tolerable 
speed, considering that, according to his sense of reverence and 
propriety, he kept his body bent and parallel to the horizon from 
the moment that he came in sight of the company to which he 
was about to be presented. 

" Who is this, you cuckoldy knave," said the old Lord, who had 
retained the keen appetite and impatience of a Scottish Baron 
even during a long alienation from nis native counti'y ; " and why 
does John Cook, with a pnurrain to him, keep back dinner V* 

" I believe we are ourselves responsible for this person's in- 
trusion," said Greorge Heriot ; ** this is the scrivener whom we 
desired to see. — Look up, man, and see us in the face as an 
honest man should, instead of bearing thy noddle charged against 
us thus like a battering-ram." 

The scrivener did look up accordingly, with the action of an 
automaton which suddenly obeys tlie impulse of a pressed spring. 
But, strange to tell, not even the haste he had made to attend 
his patron's mandate, a business, as Master Heriot's message ex- 
pressed, of weight and importance — nay, not even the state of 
depression in which, out of sheer humility doubtless, he had his 
h^4 stooped to the earth, from the moment he had trod the 
aemesnes of the Earl of Huntinglen, had called any colour into 
his countenance. The drops stood on his brow from haste and 
toil, but his cheek was still pale and tallow-coloured as before ; 
nay, what seemed stranger, his very hair, when he raised his 
head, hung down on either cheek as straight and sleek and 
undisturbed as it was when we first introduced him to our 
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Lord Dalgarno could not forbear a stifled laugh at the ridicu- 
loas and puritanical figure which presented itself like a starved 
anatomy to the company, and whispered at the same time into 
Lord Glenvarloch's ear — 

" The devii damn thee black, thou cream-fkced loon. 
Where got'st thou that goose-look ?" 

Nigel was too little acquainted with the English stage, to un- 
derstand a quotation which had already grown matter of common 
allusion in London. Lord Dalgarno saw that he was not under- 
stood, and continued, " Tiiat fellow, by his visage, should either 
be a saint, or a most hypocritical rogue — and such is my excel- 
lent opinion of human nature, that I always suspect the worst. 
But they seem deep in business. Will you take a turn with me 
in the garden, my lord, or will you remain a member of the 
serious conclave ?" 

** With you, my lord, most willingly," said Nigel ; and they 
were turning away accordingly, when Greorge Heriot, with the 
formality belonging to his station, observed, that, ^ as their busi- 
ness concerned Lord Glenvarloch, he had better remain, to make 
himself master of it, and witness to it." 

" My presence is utterly needless, my good lord ; — and, my 
best friend, Master Heriot," said the young nobleman, " I shall 
understand nothing the better for cumbering you with my igno- 
rance in these matters ; and can only say at the end, as I now 
say at the beginning, that I dare not take the helm out of the 
hand of the kind pilots who have already guided my course 
within sight of a fair and unhoped-for haven. Whatever you 
recommend to me as fitting, I shall sign and seal ; and the im- 
port of the deeds I shall better learn by a brief explanation 
from Master Heriot, if he will bestow so much trouble in my 
behalf, than by a thousand learned words and law terms from 
this person of skill." 

" He is right," said Lord Huntinglen ; ** our young friend is 
right, in confiding these matters to you and me, Master George 
Heriot — he has not misplaced his confidence." 

Master George Heriot cast a long look after the two young 
noblemen, who had now walked down the ally arm-in-arm, and 
at length said, ** He hath not, indeed, misplaced his confidence, 
as your lordship well and truly says — but nevertheless, he is 
not in the right path ; for it behoves every man to become ac- 
quainted witli his own affairs, so soon as he hath any tliat are 
worth attending to." 

When he had-made this observation, they applied themselves, 
with the ^crivener, to look into various papers, and to direct in 
what manner writings should be drawn, which might at o^ice 
afford sufficient security to those who were to advance the money, 
and at tiie same time preserve the right of the young nobleman 
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of doing so, by the expected reimbursement from the Scottish 
Exchequer, or otherwise. It is needless to enter into those 
details. But it is not unimportant to mention, as an illustration 
of character, that Heriot went into the most minute legal details 
with a precision which shewed that experience had made him 
master even of the intricacies of Scottish conveyancing ; and that 
the Earl of Huntinglen, though far less acquainted with technical 
detail, suffered no step of the business to pass over, until he had 
attained a general but distinct idea of its import and its pro- 
priety. 

They seemed to be admirably seconded in their benevolent in- 
tentions towards the young Lord Glenvarloch, by the skill and 
eager zeal of the scrivener, whom Heriot had introduced to this 
piece of business, the most important which Andrew had ever 
transacted in his life, and the particulars of which were more- 
over agitated in his presence between an actual earl, and one 
whose wealth and character might entitle him to be alderman of 
his ward, if not to be lord mayor, in his turn. 

While they were thus in eager conversation on business, the 
good Earl even forgetting the calls of his appetite, and the delay 
of dinner, in his anxiety to see that the scrivener received proper 
instructions, and that all was rightly weighed and considered, 
before dismissing him to engross the necessary deeds, the two 
young men walked together on the terrace which overhung the 
river, and talked on the topics which Lord Dalgamo, the eldest, 
and the most experienced, thought most likely to interest his new 
friend. 

These naturally regarded the pleasures attending a court life ; 
and Lord Dalgamo expressed much surprise at understanding 
that Nigel proposed an instant return to Scotland. 

" You are jesting with me," he said. " All tlie Court rings — 
it is needless to mince it — with the extraordinary success of 
your suit — against the highest interest, it is said, now influ- 
encing the horizon at Whitehall. Men think of you — talk of 
you — fix their eyes on you — ask each other, who is this young 
Scottish lord, who has stepped so far in a single day 1 They 
augur, in whispers to each odier, how high and how tar you may 
push your fortune — and all tbat you design to make of it, is, to 
return to Scotland, eat raw oatmeal cakes, baked upoA a peat-fire, 
have your hand shaken by every loon of a blue-bonnet who 
chooses to dub you cousin, though your relationship comes by 
Noah; drink Scots twopenny ale, eat half-starved red-deer 
venison, when you can kill it, ride upon a galloway, and be called 
my right honourable and maist wortiiy loi^i." 

" There is no great gaiety in tJie prospect before me, I confess," 
said Lord Glenvarloch, " even if your father and good Master 
Heriot should succeed in putting my affairs on some footing of 
plausible hope. And yet I trust to do something for my vassals, 
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myself been taught, to make some personal sacrifices, if they be 
necessary, in order to maintain with dignity the situation in which 
they are placed by Providence.** 

Lord Dalgamo, after having once or twice stifled his laughter 
during this speech, at length broke out into a fit of mirth, so 
hearty and so resistless, that, angry as he was, the call of sym- 
pathy swept Nigel along with him, and, despite of himself, he 
could not forbear to join in a burst of laughter, which he thought 
not only causeless, but almost impertinent. 

He soon recollected himself, however ; and said, in a tone 
qualified to allay Lord Dalgamo*s extreme mirth, ^ This is all 
well, my lord ; but how am I to understand your merriment t** 
Iiord LhUgamo only answered him with redoubled peals of laugh- 
ter, and at length held by Lord Glenvarloch's cloak, as if to 
prevent his falling down on the ground, in the extremity of his 
convulsion. 

At length, while Nigel stood half abashed, half angry, at 
becoming thus the subject of his new acquaintance's ridicule, and 
was only restrained from expressing his resentment against the 
son, by a sense of the obligations he owed the father, Lord Dalgamo 
recovered himself, and spoke in a half-broken voice, his eyes stUl 
running with tears. '^ I crave your pardon, my dear Lord Glen- 
varloch — ten thousand times do I crave your pardon. But that 
last picture of rural dignity, accompanied by your grave and 
angry surprise at my laughing at what would have made any 
eourt-bred hound laugh, that had but so much as bayed the moon 
once from the court-yard at Whitehall, totally overcame me. 
Why, my liefest and dearest lord, you, a young and handsome 
fellow, with high birth, a title, and the name of an estate, so well 
received by the King at your first starting, as makes your farther 
progress scarce matter of doubt, if you know how to improve it 
— for the King has already said you are a ' braw lad, and well 
studied in the more humane letters' — you, too, whom all the 
women, and the very marked beauties of the court, desire to see, 
because you came from Leyden, were bom in Scotland, and have 
gained a hard-contested suit in England — you, I say, with a per- 
son like a prince, an eye of fire, and a wit as quick, to think of 
throwing your cards on the table when the game is in your very 
hand, running back to the frozen north, and marrying — let me 
see — a tall, stalking, blue-eyed, fair-skinned, bony wench, with 
eighteen quarters in her scutcheon, a sort of Lot's wife, newly 
descended from her pedestal, and with her to shut yourself up in 
your tapestried chamber ! Uh, gad I — Swouns, I shall never 
survive the idea !'* 

It is seldom that youth, however high-minded, is able, from 
mere strength of character and principle, to support itself against 
the force of ridicule. Half angry, half mortified, and, to say 
truth, half ashamed of his more manly and better purpose, Nigel 
was unable, and flattered himself it was unneoessaryy to play we 

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part of a rigid moral patriot, in presence of a young man wiioae 
eurrent flueney of language, as well as his experience in the 
highest circles of society, gave him, in spite of NigePs better and 
firmer thoughts, a temporary ascendency over him. He sought, 
therefore, to compromise the matter, and avoid farther debate, 
by frankly owning, that, if to return to his own country were not 
his choice, it was at least a matter of necessity. <* KUs afiairs," 
he said, ^ were unsettled,, his income precarious.'' 

<< And where is he whose affairs are settled, or whose inc(»ne is 
lesa than precarious, tibat is to be found in attendance on the 
Court I" said Lord Dalgarno ; " all are either losing or winning. 
Those who have wealtji, odme hither to get rid of it, while ^e 
happy galknts who, like you and I, dear Glenvarloeh, have little 
or none, have every chance to be sharers in their spoils." 

** I have no ambition of that sort,'* said Nigel, ^ and, if J had, 
I must tell you plainly. Lord Dalgamo, I have not the means to 
do so. I can scarce as yet call t£e suit I wear my own ; I o>ve 
it, and I do not blush to say so, to the friendship ai yonder good 
man." 

" I will not laugh again, if I can help it," sud Lord Dalgama 
''But, Lord ! that you should have gone to a wealthy goldsmith 
for your habit -r- why I could have brought you to an honest, 
eonfiding tailor, who should have furnished you with half-a-dozen, 
merely for love of the little word, * lordsmp,' which you place 
before your name ; — and then your goldsmith, if he be retiUy a 
friendly goldsmith, should have equipped you with such a purse 
of &ir rose-nobles as would have bought you thrice as many suits, 
or done better things for you." 

'' I do not understand these fashions, my lord," sud Nigel, his 
di^leasure mastering his shame ; " were I to attend the Gouzi 
of ray Sovereign, it should be when 1 could ouuntain, without 
shifting or borrowing, the dress and retinue which my rank 
requires." 

'' Which my rank requires !" said Lord Dalgamo, repeating 
his last words ; *' that, now, is as good as if my father had spoke 
it. I £Eincy you would love to move to Court like him, followed 
by a round score of old bhie-bottles, with white heads and red 
noses, with bucklers and broadswords, which their hands, trem* 
bling betwixt age and strong waters, can make no use of-* as manjr 
huge silver badges on their anns, to show whose fools they are, 
as would furnish forth a court cupboard of plate — rogues fit foF 
nothing but to fill our antechambers with the flavour oi onions 
and genievre -:- pah I" 

" The poor knaves J" said Lord Glenvarloeh ; ** they have 
served your father, it may be, in the wars. What would become 
of them were he to turn them off I" 

^ Why, let them go to the hospital," said Dalgamo, '* or to 
the bridge-end, to seU switches. The King is a better man than 
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eyrety day ; or, when the» blue eoats were w^ worn out, they 
would make rare scarecrows. Here is a fellow, now, comes down 
the walk ; the stoutest raven dared not come within a yard of that 
oopper nose. J teH you, there is more service, as you will soon 
see, m my valet of the chamber,, and such a lither lad as my page 
Lutin, than there is in a score of these old memoriala of the 
Douglas wars, * where they cut each other's throats for the chance 
of finding twelve pennies Scots on the person of ike slahn. Marry, 
my lord, to make amends, they will eat mouldy victuals, and 
drink stale ale, as if their belliea were puncheons— « But the 
dinner-bell is going to sound — hark, it is clearing its rusty throat, 
with a prelimmary jowl. That is another clamorous rslie of anti- 
quity, that, were I master, should soon be at the bottom of the 
Thames. How the foul fiend can it interest liie peasants and 
mechanics in the Strand, to know that the Earl of Hustinglen is 
sitting down to dinner 1 But my father looks our way — we must 
not be late for the grace, or we shall be in c^graee, if you will 
fc»rgive a quibble which would have made his Majesty laugh. 
You will find us aU of a piece, aud, having been accustomed to eat 
in saucers abroad, J am ashamed you should witness our larded 
capons, our mountains of beef, and oceans of brewis, as large aa 
Higl^d hlllB and lodis ; but you shall see better cheer to-mor- 
row. Where lodge you ? I will call for you. I must be your 
guide through the peoi^ed desert, to certain enchanted lands, 
which you will scarce (^scov^ without chart and pilot. Where 
lodge you 1** 

^ I will meet you in Paul V' ^^ Nigel, a good deal embar- 
rassed, ** at any hour you please to name." 

** (Ml, you would be private," ttud the young lord ; " Nay, fear 
not me — I wiH be no intruder. But we have attained this huge 
larder of fiesb, fowl, and fish. I marysl the oaJsen boards groan 
not under it." 

They had indeed arrived in the dining-parlour of the mansion, 
where the table was superabundantly loaded, and where the 
number of attmdants, to a certain extent, vindicated the sar- 
casms of the young nobleman. The chaplain, and Sir Mungo 
Malagrowther, were of the party. The latter complimented 
Lord Glenvarloch upon the impression he had made at Court. 
" One would have thought ye had brought the apple of discord in 
your pouchy my lord, or that you were the very fire-brand of 
whilk Altkea was d^vered, and that she had lain-in in a barrel 
ef gunpowder ; for the King, and the Prince, and ther Duke, have 
be^by the lugs about ye, and so have many more, that kendna 
before this ble^ed day that there was such a num living on the 
fftoe of the earth." 

• The erael civil wan waged by the Seottiah barons daring the minority of 
James VI. bad this name, from the figure made in tliem by the celebrated James 
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*< Mind your victuals, Sir Mungo," said the Earl ; " they get 
cold while you talk.'* 

« Troth, and that needsna, my lord," said the Knight ; "your 
lordship's dinners seldom soild one's mouth — the serying-men 
are turning auld, like oursells, my lord, and it is £ftr between the 
kitchen and the ha*." 

With this little explosion of his spleen, Sir Mungo remained 
satisfied, until the dishes were removed, when, fixing his eyes on 
the brave new doublet of Lord Dalgamo, he complimented him on 
his economy, pretending to recognize it as the same which his 
father had worn in Edinburgh in the Spanish ambassador's time. 
Lord Dalgamo, too much a man of the world to be moved by any 
thing from such a quarter, proceeded to crack some nuts with 
great deliberation, as he replied, that the doublet was in some 
sort his father's, as it was likely to cost him fifty pounds some 
day soon. Sir Mungo forthwith proceeded in his own way to con* 
vey this agreeable intelligence to the Earl, observing, that his son 
wfis a better maker of bargains than his lordship, for he had 
bought a doublet as rich as that his lordship wore when the 
Spanish ambassador was at Holyrood, and it had cost him but 
fifty pounds Scots ; — that was no fool's bax^ain, my lord." 

" Pounds sterling, if you please, Sir A&ngo," answered the 
Earl, calmly ; ^* and a fool's bargain it is, in all the tenses. Dal- 
gamo was a fool when he bought — I will be a fool when I pay — 
and you, Sir Mungo, craving your pardon, are a fool in prcB$etUi, 
for speaking of what concerns you not." 

So saying, the Earl addressed himself to the serious business 
of the table, and sent the wine around with a profusion which 
increased the hilarity, but rather threatened the temperance, of 
the company, until their joviality was interrupted by the annun- 
ciation that the scrivener had engrossed such deeds as required to 
be presently executed. 

George Heriot rose from the table, observing, that wine-cups 
and legal documents were unseemly neighbours. The Earl asked 
the scrivener, if they had laid a trencher and set a cup for him in 
the buttery 1 and received the respectful answer, that Heaven 
forbid he should be such an ungracious beast as to eat or drink 
until his lordship's pleasure was performed. 

" Thou shalt eat before thou goest," said Lord Huntinglen ; 
*' and I will have thee try, moreover, whether a cup of sack can- 
not bring some colour into these cheeks of thine. It were a 
shame to my household, thou shouldst glide out into the Strand 
after such a spectre-fashion as thou now wearest. — Look to it, 
Dalgamo, for the honour of our roof is concerned." 

Lord Dalgamo gave directions that the man should be attended 
to. Lord Glenvarloch and the citizen, in the meanwhile, signed 
and interchanged, and thus closed a transaction, of winch the 
principal party concerned understood little, save that it was under 
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that the money should be forthcoming, and the estate released 
from forfeiture, by payment of the stipulated sum for which it 
stood pledged, and that at the term of Lambmas, and at the hour 
of noon, and beside the tomb of the regent Earl of Murray, in the 
High Kirk of Saint Giles, at Edinburgh, being the day and place 
assigned for such redemption. * 

When this business was transacted, the old Earl would fain have 
renewed his carouse ; but the citizen, alleging the importance of 
the deeds he had about him, and the business he had to transact 
betimes the next morning, not only refused to return to table, but 
carried with him to his barge Lord Glenvarloch, who might, 
perhaps, have been otherwise found more tractable. 

When they were seated in the boat, and fairly once more afloat 
in the river, Greorge Heriot looked back seriously on the mansion 
they had left — <' There live,'' he said, ^ the old fashion and the 
new. The father is like a noble old broadsword, but harmed 
with rust, from neglect and inactivity ; the son is your modem 
rapier, well-mounted, fairly gilt, and fai^ioned to the taste of the 
time — and it is time must evince if the metal be as good as the 
show. Grod grant it prove so, says an old friend to the family." 

Nothing of consequence passed betwixt them, until Lord Glen- 
varloch, landing at Paul's Wharf, took leave of his friend the 
citizen, and retired to his own apartment ; where his attendant, 
Richie, not a Uttle elevated with the events of the day, and with 
the hospitahty of Lord Huntinglen's housekeeping, gave a most 
splendid account of them to the buxom Dame NeUy, who re- 
joiced to hear that the sun at length was shining upon what 
Richie called the right side of the heidge. 



CHAPTER XI. 

Ton are not for the manner nor the times. 
They have their vices now most like to virtues ; 
You cannot know them apart by any difference, 
•They wear the same clothes, eat the same meat — 
Sleep i' the self-same beds, ride hi those coaches, 
Or very like four horses in a coach. 
As the best men and women. 

Bbn Jonson. 

On the following morning, while Niffel, his breakfast finished, 
was thinking how he should employ me day, there was a little 
bustle upon the stairs which attracted his attention, and presently 
eniered Dame Nelly, blushing Uke scarlet, and scarce able to 
bring out — " A young nobleman, sir — no one less," she added, 
drawing her hand slightly over her Ups, "would be saucy — a 
young nobleman, sir, to await on you !" 

* As each covenant in those days of accuracy liad a special place nominated 
for execution, the tomb of the Regent Earl of Murray in Saint Giles's Chursb 
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And sbe was followed into the little cabin by Lord Dalgania^ 
g&Yf easy, disembamifised, and apparently as much ples^ed to 
rejoin his new acquaintance as if he had found him in the apart- 
ments of a palace. Nigel, on the contrary, (for youth is shtve to 
«uch circuxnstances,) was disoountenanoed and mortified at being 
surprised by so splendid a gaUant in a chamber, which, at tiie 
moment the degant and high-dressed cavalier appeared in it, 
seemed to its inhalntant, yet lower, narrower, darker, and meaner 
thfUQ it had ever fihewu before. He would have made some 
apology for the situation, but Lord Dalgamo cut him short -^ 

" Not a word of it," he said, " not a single word— I know why 
vou ride at anchor h&ce — but I can keep counsel -^ so pretty n 
hostess would recommend worse quarters.'' 

" On my word — on my honour,*' said Lord Glenvarioch ' 

^' Nay, nay, make no words of the matter," said Lord Dalgamo ; 
" I am no tell-tale, nor shall I cross your walk ; there is game 
enough in the forest, thank Heaven, and I can strike a doe for 
myself." 

All this he said in so significant a manner, and the expUination 
which he had adopted seemed to put Lord Glenvarioch's gallantry 
on so respectaHe a footing, that Nigd ceased to try to undeceive 
him ; and less ashamed, perhaps, (for such is human weakness,) 
of supposed vice than of real poverty, dianged the discourse to 
some&ing else, and left poor Dame Nelly's reputation and his 
own at the mercy of the young courtier's misconstruction. 

He offered refreshments with some hesitaidon. Lord Dalgamo 
had long since breakfasted, but had just come from playing a set 
of tennis, he said, and would willingly taste a eup of the pretty 
hostess's single beer. This was easily procured, was drunk, was 
comnlended, and, as the hostess failed not to bring the cup her- 
self. Lord Dalgamo profited by tiie opportunity to take a second 
and more attentive view of her, and then gravely drank to her 
husband's health, with an almost imperceptible nod to Lord Glen- 
varloch. Dame Nelly was much honoured, smoothed her apron 
down with her hands, and said — ''Her John was greatly and 
truly honoured by their lordships — he was a kind, painstaking 
man for his family, as was in the alley, or indeed, as mr north as 
Paul's Chain." 

She would have proceeded probably to state the difference 
betwixt their ages, as the only alloy to their nuptial happiness ; 
but her lodger, who had no mind to be farther exposed to his gay 
friend's raillery, gave her, contrary to his wont, a signal to kave 
the room. 

Lord Dalgamo looked after her, then looked at Glenvarloeh^ 
shook his head, and repeated the well-known lines — 

* My lord* beware of jealonay — 
:t is the gp ' ' ' * 

The meat i 



It is the green-eyed monster which doth make 
t it feeds on.'* 



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dioii}d vr6rry y<m thus — I who have so xnany follies of my own* 
when I shoold rather make excuse for being here at all, and tell 
you whwefdre I came." 

So sayings he rea;ehed a seat, and, placing another for Lord 
Glenvarloch, in spite of his anxious haste to anticipate this act of 
courtesy, he proceeded in the same tone of easy familiarity : — 

<< We are neighbours, my k>rd, and are just made known to 
each other. Now, I know enough of the dear North, to be well 
aware that Scottirii neighbours must be either dear fHends or 
deadly enemies — must either walk hand-in-hand, or stand sword- 
point to sword-point ; so I choose the hand-in-hand, unless you 
should reject my proflter." 

" How were it possible, my lord," said Lord Glenvarloch, ** to 
refuse what is offered so f^nkly, even if your father had not 
been a second father to me 1" And, as he took Lord Dalgamo^s 
}iand, he added — ^ I have, I think, lost no time, since, during 
one day's attendance at Court, I have made a kind friend and a 
■powerful enemy.** 

" The friend thanks you," ireplied Lord Dalgarno, ** for your just 
opinion ; but, my dear Gleilvarloch — or rather, for titles are too 
formal between us of tlie better file — what is your Chnstian name ?" 

" Nigel," replied Lord Glenvairloch. 

" Then we will be Nigel and Malcolm to each other," said his 
vidter, << and my lord to the plebeian world around us. But I 
was about to ask you whom yoU supposed your enemy 1" 

" No less than the all-powerful favourite, the great Duke of 
Buckingham." 

'' You dream ! What could possess you with such an opinion !" 
said DiUgamo. 

^ He told me so himself," replied Glenvarloch ; ^ and, in so 
doing, dealt frankly and honourably with me." 

** Oh, you know him not yet," said his companion ; ** the Duke 
is moulded of an hundred noble and fiery qualities, that prompt 
him, like a generous horse, to spHng Aside in impatience at the 
least obstacle to his forward course. But he means not what he 
says in such passing heats — I can do more with him, I thank 
Heaven, than most who are around him ; you shall go visit him 
with me, and you will see how you shall be received." 

** I told you, my lord," said Glenvarloch firmly, and with 
some hau^tiness, ^^ the Duke of Buckingham, without the least 
offence, declared himself my ehemy in the face of the Court ; and 
he shall retract that aggression as publicly as it was given ere I 
will mkke the slightest advance towards him." 

** You would act becomingly in every other case,** said Lord 
Dalgamo, ''but hete you are wrong. In the court horizon, 
Buckingham is Lord of the Ascendant) and as he is adverse or 
fiavomring, so sinks or rises the fortune of a suitor. The King 
would bid you remember your Phsdrns. 

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and so forth. You are the vase of earth ; beware of knoddng 
yourself against the vase of iron." 

" The vase of earth," said Glenvarloch, ** will avoid the en- 
counter, by getting ashore, out of the current — I mean to go no 
more to Coi^." 

** Oh, to Court you necessarily must go ; you will find your 
Scottish suit move ill without it, for there is both patronage and 
favour necessary to enforce the sign-manual you have obtained. 
Of that we will speak more hereafter ; but tell me in the mean- 
while, my dear Nigel, whether you did not wonder to see me 
here so early !" 

'' I am surprised that you could find me out in this obscure 
comer," said Lord Glenvarloch. 

" My page Lutin is a very devil for that sort of discovery,'* 
replied Lord Dalgamo ; " I have but to say, ' Goblin, I would 
know where he or she dwells,' and he guides me thither as if by 
art magic." 

^ I hope he waits not now in the street, my lord," said Nigel ; 
** I will send my servant to seek him." 

** Do not concern yourself — he is by this time," said Lord 
Dalgamo, " playing at hustle-cap and chuck-farthing with the 
most blackguard imps upon the wharf, unless he hath foregone 
his old customs." 

** Are you not afraid," said Lord Glenvarloch, " that in such 
company his morals may become depra . 1" 

"Let his company look to their own," answered Lord Dal- 
gamo, coolly ; " for it will.be a company of real fiends in which 
Lutin.cannot teach more mischief than he can learn : he is, I thank 
the gods, most thoroughly versed in evil for his years. I am spared 
the trouble of looking after his moralities, for nothing can make 
them either better or worse." 

" I wonder you can answer this to his parents, my lord," said 
Nigel. 

'* I wonder where I should find his parents," replied his com- 
panion, " to render an account to them." 

" He may be an orphan," said lord Nigel ; " but surely, being 
^ page in your lordship's family, his parents must be of rank." 

" Of as high rank as the gallows could exalt them to," replied 
Lord Dalgarno, with the same indifference ; " they were both 
hanged, I believe — at least the gipsies, from whom I bought 
him five years ago, intimated as much to me. — You are surprised 
at this, now. But is it not better that, instead of a lazy, con* 
ceited, whey-faced sUp of gentility, to whom, in your old-world 
idea of the matter, I was bound to stand Sir Pedagogue, and see 
that he washed his hands and face, said his prayers, learned his 
accident, spoke no naughty words, brushed his hat, and wore his 
best doublet only of Sunday, — that, instead of such a Jackj 
Goodchild, I should have something like this ?" 

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into the room, almost with the effect of an actnal apparition. 
From his height he seemed but fifteen, but, from his face, mi^t 
he two or even three years older, very neatly made, and richly 
dressed; with a thin bronzed visage, which marked his gipsy 
descent, and a pair of sparkling black eyes, which seemed aknost 
to pierce through those whom he looked at. 

" There he is,*' said Lord Dalgamo, ** fit for every element — 
prompt to execute every command, good, bad, or indifferent — 
unmatched in his tribe, as rogue, thief, and liar." 

'* All which qualities,'' said the undaunted page, ** have each in 
torn stood your lordship in stead." 

** Out, ye imp of Satan !" said his master ; ** vanish — begone — 
or my conjuring rod goes about your ears." The boy turned, 
and disappeared as suddenly as he had entered. ** You see," said 
Lord DaJgamo, '' that, in choosing my household, the best regard 
I can pay to gentle blood, is to exclude it firom my service — that 
very gallows-bird were enough to corrupt a whole antechamber 
of pages, though they were descended from Kings and Kaisers." * 

*< I can scarce think that a nobleman should need the offices of 
each an attendant as your goblin/' said Nigel; *'you are but 
jesting vith my inexperience." 

** Tune will shew whether I jest or not, my dear Nigel,*' replied 
Dalgamo ; " in the meantime, I have to propose to you to take 
the advantage of the flood-tide, to run up die river for pastime ; 
and at noon I trust you will dine with me." 

Nigel acquiesced in a plan which promised so much amuse- 
ment ; and his new friend and he, attended by Lutin and Moni- 
plies, who greatly resembled, when thus associated, the conjunc- 
tion of a bear and a monkey, took possession of Lord Dalg^uno's 
wherry, which, with its badged watermen, bearing his lordship's 
crest on their arms, lay in readiness to receive them. The air 
was delightful upon the river ; and the lively conversation of Lord 
Dalgiumo added zest to the pleasures of tiie little voyage. He 
could not only give an account of the various public buUdings and 
noblemen's houses which they passed in ascending the Thames, 
but knew how to season his information with abundance of 
anecdote, political innuendo, and personal scandal ; if he had not 
very much wit, he was at least completely master of the fashion- 
able tone, which in that time, as in ours, more than amply sup- 
plies any deficiency of the kind. 

It was a style of conversation entirely new to his companion, as 
was the world which Lord Dalgamo opened to his observation ; 
and it is no wonder that Nigel, notwithstanding his natural good 
sense and high spirit, admitted, more readily than seemed con- 
sistent with either, the tone of authoritative instruction which 
his new friend assumed towards him. There would, indeed, have 
been some difficulty in making a stand. To attempt a high and 

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BtablKnrii tone of tnmmlity, iD answer to the light strain of Lord 
DaIgamo*s conTersation, which kept on the frontiers between 
jest atid earnest, would have seemed pedantic and ridiculous ; and 
every attempt which Nigel made to combat his companion's pro>- 
positions, by reasoning as jocose as his own, only shewed his 
inferiority in that gay species of contpoversy. And it must be 
owhed, besides, though internally disapproving mudi . of what he 
heard, Lord Glenvarloch, young as he was in society, became 
less alarmed by the language ana manners of his new associate, 
than in px^ence he ought to have be»i. 

Lord Dalgamo was unwilling to startle his proselyte by insisfy- 
ing upon any topic which appeared particularly to jar with his 
habits or principles ; and he blended his mirth and his earnest so 
dexterously, that it was impossible for Nigel to discover how far 
he was serious in his propositions, or how far they flowed from a 
wild and extravagant spurit of raillery. And, ever and anon, 
those flashes of spirit and honour crossed his conversation, which 
seemed to intimate, that, when stirred to action by some adequate 
motive, Lord Dalgamo would prove something very different from 
the court-haunting and ease-loving voluptuary, which he was 
pleased to represent as his chosen character. 

As they returned down the rivei^ Lord Glenvarloch remarked, 
that the boat passed the mansion of Lord Huntinglen, and 
noticed the circumstance to Lord Dalgamo, observing, that he 
thought they were to have dined there. ** Surely no," said the 
young nobleman, ^ I have more mercy on you than to gorge you 
a second time with raw beef and canary wine. I propose some^ 
thing better for you, I promise you, than such a second Scythian 
festivity. And as for my father, he proposes to dine to-day with 
my grave, anci^it Earl of Northampton, whilome that celebrated 
putter-down of pretended prophecies, Lord Henry Howard." ♦ 

'' And do you not go with him !" said his companion. 

*' To what purpose V* said Lord Dalgamo. *' To hear his wise 
lordship speak musty politics in false Latin, which the old fox 
always uses, tiiat he may give the learned Majesty of England an 
opportunity of correcting his slips in grammar I ThaJ^were a 
rare employment I" 

" Nay," said Lord Nigel, *< but out of respect^ to wait on my 
lord your father." 

"My lord my father," replied Lord Dalgamo, **ha8 blue- 
bottles enough to wait on him, and can well d^pense with such a 
butterfly as myself. He can Uft the cup of sack to his head 
without my asdstance ; and, should the said paternal head turn 
something giddy, there be men enough to guide his right honour* 
able lordship to his lordship's right honourable couch. — Now, do 
not stare at me, Nigel, as if my words were to sink the boat with 
lis. T love my father— I love him dearly ^— and I respect hiiSy 

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io^ thOdf^ I respect not many things ; a trustier old Trojan 
never belted a broadsword by a loop of leather. But what tiien f 
He belongs to tlie old world, I to the new. He has his follies, I 
liave mine ; and the less either of us sees of the otiier's peooa- 
dilloea, the greater will be the honour and respect — that, I think, 
is the proper phrase — I say, the retpect in which we shall hold 
«ach otAier. Being ap&rt, each of us is himseif, such as nature 
and <Hrcum8tanoes have made him ; but^ couple us up too closely 
together, you will be sure to have in your leash either an old 
hypocrite or a young one, or perhaps both the one and t' other.'* 

As he spoke thus, the boat put into the landing-plaoe at Bkusk" 
friars. Lord Dalgamo sprung ashore, and, flinging his doak and 
rapier to his page, recommended to his companion to do the like. 
** We are coming among press of gallants," he said ; ** and, if we 
walk thus muffled, we shall look like your tawny-vkaged Don, 
who wraps him ckiee m his doak, to conceal the defe<^ of his 
doublet" 

« I have known many an honest man do that, if it please ynur 
lordship," skid Richie Moniplies, who had been watching for an 
opportunity to intrude himself on the conversation, and {nrobably 
remembered what had been his own condition, in respect to cloak 
and doublet, at a very recent period. 

Lord Dalgamo stared at him, as if surprised at his assurance ; 
but immediately answered, *' You may have known many thines, 
friend ; but, in the meanwhile, you do not know what principally 
concerns your master, namely, how to carry his cloak, so as to 
shew to advantage the gold-laced seams, and the lining of sables. 
See how Lutin holds the sword, with the cloak cast partly over it, 
yet so as to set off the embossed hilt, and the silver work of the 
mounting. — Give your &miliar your sword, Nigel," he continued, 
addressing Lord Glenvarloch, ^ that he may practise a lesson in 
an art so necessary." 

^ Is it altogether prudent," said Nigel, unclasping his weapon^ 
and giving it to Richie, ^ to walk entirely unarmed 1" 

" And wherefore not 1" said his companion. ** You are think- 
ing now of Auld Reekie, as my father fondly calls your good 
Sa>tti8h capital, where there is such bandying of private feuds 
fAd public factions, that a man oi any note shall not cross your 
High Street twice, without endangering his life thrice.* Here, 
sir, no brawling in the street is permitted. Your bull-headed 
citizen takes up the case so soon as the sword is drawn, and dubi 
is the word." 

'* And a hard word it is," said Richie, << as my brain-pan kens 
at this blessed moment." 

^ Were I your master, sirrah," said Lord Dalgamo, ^ I would 
make your brain-pan, as you call it, boil over, were you to speak 
a word m my presence before you were spoken to." 

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Richie murmured some indistinct answer, but took the hint^ 
and ranked himself behind his master along with Lutin, who 
failed not to expose his new companion to the ridicule of the 
passers-by, by mimicking, as often as he could do so unobsenred 
by Richie, his stiff and upright stalking gait and discontented 
physiognomy. 

** And tell me now, my dear Malcolm," said Nigel, ** where we 
are bending our course, and whether we shall dme at an apart- 
ment of yours." 

^ An apartment of mine — yes, surely," answered Lord Dal- 
gamo, '' you shall dine at an apartment of mine, and an apartment 
of yours, and of twenty gallants besides ; and where the board 
shall present better cheer, better wine, and better attendance, 
than u our whole united exhibitions went to maintain it. We are 
going to the most noted ordinary of London." 

^That is, in common language, an inn, or a tavern," said 
NigeL 

" An inn, or a tavern, my most green and simple friend !" ex- 
claimed Lord Dalgarno. ^No, no — these are places where 
greasy citizens take pipe and pot, where the knavish pettifoggers 
of the law spunge on their most unhappy victims — where Tem- 
plars crack jests as empty as their nuts, and where small gentry 
imbibe such thin potations, that they get dropsies inst^ of 
getting drunk. An ordinary is a late invented institution, sacred 
to Bacchus and Comus, where the choicest noble gallants of the 
time meet with the first and most etherial wits of the age, — 
where the wine is the very soul of the choicest grape, refined as 
the genius of the poet, and ancient and generous as the blood of 
the nobles. And tiien the fare is something beyond your ordinary 
gross terrestrial food ! Sea and land are ransacked to supply it ; 
and the invention of six ingenious cooks kept eternally upon the 
rack to make their art hold pace with, and if possible enhance, 
the exquisite quality of the materials." 

** By all which rhapsody," said Lord Glenvarloch, ** I can only 
understand, as I did before, that we are going to a dioice tavern, 
where we shall be handsomly entertained on paying probably as 
handsome a reckoning." 

<< Reckoning !" eitclaimed Lord Dalgarno in the same tone as 
before, *' peri£ the peasantly phrase ! What profanation ! Mon- 
sieur le Chevalier de Beaujeu, pink of Paris and flower of Gras- 
cony — be who can tell the age of his wine by the bare smell, 
who distils his sauces in an alembic by the aid of LuUy's philo- 
sophy, — who carves with such exquisite precision, that he gives 
to noble knight and squire the portion of the pheasant which 
exactly accoi^ with his rank — nay, he who shall divide a beca- 
fioo into twelve parts with such scrupulous exactness, that of 
twelve guests not one shall have the advantage of the other in a 
hair*s breadth, or the twentieth part of a drachm, yet you talk of 
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the well-known and general referee in all mattera affecting the 
mysteries of Passage, Hazard, In and Tn, Penneeck, and Ver- 
quire, and what not — why, Beaujeu is King of the Card-pack, 
and Duke of the Dice-box — he call a reckoning like a ^«en- 
aproned, red-nosed son of the vulgar spigot ! Oh, my dearest 
Nigel, what a word you hare spoken, and of what a person ! That 
you Imow him not, is your only apology for such blasphemy ; and 
yet I scarce hold it adequate, for to have been a day in London 
and not to know Beaujeu, is a crime of its own kind. But you 
shaU know him this blessed moment, and shall leam to hold your- 
self in horror for the enormities you have uttered." 

"Well, but mark you," said Nigel, "this worthy chevalier 
keeps not all this good cheer at his own cost, does he !" 

" No, no," answered Lord Dalgamo ; " there is a sort of cere- 
mony which my chevaUer's friends and intimates understand, 
but with which you have no business at present. There is, as 
majesty might say, a tymbolum to be disbursed — in other words, 
a mutual exchange of courtesies takes place betwixt Beaujeu and 
his guests. He makes tiiem a free present of the dinner and 
wine, as often as they choose to consult their own felicity by fre- 
quenting his house at the hour of noon, and they, in gratitude, 
make the chevalier a present of a Jacobus. Then you must 
know, that, besides Comus and Bacchus, that princess of sublu- 
nary affairs, the Diva Fortuna, is frequently worshipped at 
Beaujea*s, and he, as officiating high-priest, hath, as in reason he 
should, a considerable advantage from a share of the sacrifice." 

" In other words," said Lord Glenvarloch, " this man keeps a 
gaming-house." 

" A house in which you may certainly game," said Lord Dal- 
gamo, " as you may in your own chamber, if you have a mind ; 
nay, I remember old Tom Tally played a hand at put for a wager 
with Quinze le Va, the Frenchman, during morning prayers in 
Saint Paul's ; the morning was misty, and the parson drowsy, 
and the whole audience consisted of themselves and a blind 
woman, and so thev escaped detection." 

" For all this, AlUcolm," said the young lord, gravely, " I can- 
not dine with you to-day, at this same ordinary." 

" And wherefore, in the name of Heaven, should you draw 
back from your word 1" said Lord Dalgamo. 

" I do not retract my word, Malcolm ; but I am bound, by an 
early promise to my father, never to enter the doors of a gaming- 
house." 

" I tell you this is none," said Lord Dalgamo ; " it is but, in 
plain terms, an eating-house, arranged on civiller terms, and fre- 
quented by better company, than others in this town ; and if 
some of them do amuse themselves with cards and hazard, they 
are men of honour, and who play as such, and for no more than 
they can well afford to lose. It was not, and could not be, such 
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as weU have made you swear you would never take the aeooro- 
raodation of an inn, tavern, eating-house, or place of public recep- 
tion of any kind ; for there is no such place of pubUc resort but 
where your eyes may be contaminated by the sight of a pack of 
pieces of painted pasteboard, and your ears proiimed by the rattle 
of those little q>otted cubes of ivory. The difference is, that 
where we go, we may happen to see persons of quality aoMising 
tkemsdves with a game ; and in the ordinary houses you will 
meet buUies and sharpers, who will strive either to cheat or to 
'swagger you out of your money." 

*' I am sure you would not willingly lead me to do what is 
vmmg" said Nigel ; << but my father had a horror of games of 
chance, religious I believe, as well as prudentiaL He judged 
from I know not what circumstance, a fallacious one, I should 
hope, that I had a propensity to such courses, and I have told you 
the promise which he exacted from me." 

<< Now, by my honour," said Dalgamo, ^what you have said 
affords the strongest reason f<»r my insisting that you go with me. 
A man who would shun any danger, should firat become 
aequainted with its real bearing and extent, and that in the comp 
pany of a confidential guide and guard. Do you think I myself 
game ! Good faith, my father's oaks grow too iar from London, 
and stand too fast rooted in the rocliffi of Perthslure, for me to 
troll them down widi a die, though I have seen whole forests go 
down Hke nine-pdns. No, no — these are sports for the wealthy 
Southron, not for the poor Scottish noble. The place is aa 
eating house, and as sucli you and I will use it. If aAk&n use 
it to game in, it is their fault, but neither that of the house nor 
ours." 

Unsatisfied with this reasoning, Nigel still inmsted upon the 
promise he had eiven to his father, untU his companion appeared 
rather displeased, and disposed to impute to him injurious and 
unhandsome suspicions. liord Glenvarloch could not stand this 
change of tone. He recollected that much was due from bun 
to Lord Dalgamo, on account of his father's ready and efficient 
friendship, and something also on account of the fnmk manner in 
which the young man himself had offered him his intimacy. He 
had no reason to doubt hia assurances, that the house where they 
were about to dine did not fall under the description of places to 
which his father's prohibition referred ; and, finally, he was 
strong in his own reeokttion to resist every temptation to join in 
games of chance. He therefore pacified Lord Dalgarno, by inti- 
mating his willingness to go along with him, and, the good humour 
of the young courtier instantaneously returning, he again ran on 
in a grotesque, and rodomontade account of the host. Monsieur 
de Beaujeu, which he did not conclude until tiiey had readied 
the temple of Hospitality over which that eminent profiessor pre« 
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CHAPTER XII. 

— — — This is th« vei^ bAm>yard, 
Where muster daily the prime cocks o' the game, 
RufBe tlieir pinions, crow till they are hoarse. 
And spur about a barleycorn. Here two chickens^ 
The oallow, unfledged brood of forward folly, 
Learn first to rear the crest, and aim the spur. 
And tune their note like full-plumed Chanticleer. 

The Bear-Oarden. 

Thb Ordinary, now an ignoble aonnd, was, in the days of James, 
a new institution, as fashionable among the youth of that age as 
the first-rate modem chib-houses are amongst those of the pre- 
sent day. it differed chiefly, in being open to all whom good 
ck>thes and good assurance combined to introduce there. The 
company usually dined together at an hour fixed, uid the mana- 
ger of the establishment presided as master of the ceremonies. 

Monsieur Le Chevalier, (as he qualified himself,) Saint Priest 
de Beaujeu, was a sharp, thin Gascon, about sixty years old, 
banished from his own country, as he said, on account of an affair 
of honour, in which he had the misfortune to kill his antagonist, 
though the best swordsman in the south of France. His preten- 
sions to quality were supported by a feathered hat, a long rapier, 
and a suit of embroidered taffeta, not much the worse for wear, 
in the extreme fadiion of the Parisian court, and flutterinjr 
like a Mi^ypole with many knots of ribbon, of which it was com- 
puted he bore at least five hundred yards about his person. But, 
notwithstanding this profusion of decoration, there were many 
who thought Monsieur le Chevalier so admirably calculated for 
his present situation, that nature could never have meant to place 
him an inch above it. It was^ however, part of the amusement 
of the place, for Lord Daleamo and otber young men of quality 
to treat Monsieur de Beaujeu with a great deal of mock ceremony, 
which being observed by the herd of more ordinary and simple 
guUs, they paid him, in clumsy imitation, much real deference. 
The Gaacon's natural forwardness being much enhanced by these 
circumstances, he was often guilty of presuming beyond the limits 
of his situation, and of course had sometimes tiie mortification to 
be disagreeably driv^i back into them. 

When Nigel entered the mansion of this eminent person, 
whieh had l^n but of late the residence of a great Baron ot 
Queen Elizabeth's court, who had retired to his manors in the 
country on the death of that princess, he was surprised at the 
extent of the accommodation which it afforded, and the number 
of guests who were already assembled. Feathers waved, spurs 
jingled, laee and embroidery glanced every where ; and, at first 
sight at least, it certainly made good Lord Dalgamo's encomium, 
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youth of the first quality. A more close review was not quite 8o 
favourable. Several individuals might be discovered who were 
not exactly at their ease in the splendid dresses which they wore, 
and who, therefore, might be supposed not habitually familiar 
with such finery. Again, there were others, whose dress, though 
on a general view it did not seem inferior to that of the rest of 
the company, displayed, on being observed more closely, some of 
those petty expedients, by which vanity endeavours to disguise 
poverty. 

Nigel had very little time to make such observations, for the 
entrance of Lord Dalgamo created an immediate bustle and 
sensation among the company, as his name passed &om one 
mouth to another. Some stood forward to gaze, others stood 
back to make way — those of his own rank hastened to welcome 
him — those of inferior degree endeavoured to catch some point 
of his gesture, or of his dress, to be worn and practised upon a 
future occasion, as the newest and most authentic fashion* 

The Genius Loci, the Chevalier himself, was not the last to 
welcome this prime stay and ornament of his establishment. He 
came shuffling forward with a hundred apish conges and chert 
milors, to express his happiness at seeing Lord Dalgamo again. 
— "I hope you do bring back the sun with you, milor — You did 
carry away the sun and moon from your pauvre Chevalier when 
you leave him for so long. Pardieu, I beheve you take them 
away in your pockets." 

'*That must have been because you left me nothing else in 
them, Chevalier,*' answered Lord Dalgarno ; ^ but Monsieur le 
Chevalier, I pray you to know my countryman and friend Lord 
Glenvarloch." 

" Ah, ha ! tres honord — Je m'en souviens, — oui. J*ai conna 
autrefois un Milor Kenfarloque en Ecosse. Yes, I have memory 
of him — le pfere de milor apparemment — we were vera intimate 
when I was at Oly Root with Monsieur de la Motte — I did 
often play at tennis vit Milor Kenfarloque at L'Abbaie d^Oly 
Kcot — il ^toit mSme plus fort que moi — Ah le beaucoup de 
revers qu'il avoit 1 — I have memory, too, that he was among 
the pretty girls — ah, un vrai diable d^chain^ — Aha! I have 
memory " 

** Better have no more memory of the late Lord Glenvarloch," 
Bald Lord Dalgarno, interrupting the Chevalier without ceremony ; 
who perceived that the encomium which he was about to pass on 
the deceased was likely to be as disagreeable to the son, as it was 
totally undeserved by the father, who, far from being either a 
gamester or libertine, as the Chevalier's reminiscences falsely 
represented him, was, on the contrary, strict and severe in his 
course of life, almost to the extent of rigour. 

" You have the reason, milor," answered the Chevalier, ** you 
have the right — Qu'est ce que nous avons k faire avec le terns 
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— rery well — the time present is to us — they have their pretty 
tombs, with their memories and armorials, all in brass and 
niarbre — we have the petits plats exquis, and the 8oupe-ik» 
Chevalier, which J will cause to mount up immediately." 

So saying, he made a pii*ouette on his heel, and put hi^ 
attendants in motion to place dinner on the table. Dalgamo 
laughed, and, observing his young friend looked grave, said to 
him, in a tone of reproach — ** Why, what ! —you are not gull 
enough to be angry with such an ass as that V 

" I keep my anger, I trust, for better purposes," siud Lord 
Glenvarloch ; " but I confess I was moved to hear such a fellow 
mention my father's name — and you, too, who told me this was 
no gaming-house, talked to him of having left it with emptied 
pockets." 

" Pshaw, man !" said Lord Dalgamo, " I spoke but according 
to the trick of the time ; besides, a man must set a piece or two 
sometimes, or he would be held a cuUionly niggard. But here 
comes dinner, and we will see whether you like the Chevalier's 
good cheer better than his conversation." 

Dinner was announbed accordingly, and the two friends, being 
seated in the most honourable station at the board, were cere- 
moniously attended to by the Chevalier, who did the honours of 
his table to them and to the other guests, and seasoned the whole 
with his agreeable conversation. The dinner was really excellent, 
in that piquant style of cookery which the French had already 
introduc^, and which the home-bred young men of England, 
when they aspired to the rank of connoisseurs and persons of 
taste, were under the necessity of admiring. The wine was also 
of the first quality, and circulated in great variety, and no less 
abundance^ The conversation among so many young men was, 
of course, light, lively, and amusing ; and Nigel, whose mind had 
been long depressed by anxiety and misfortune, naturally found 
himself tft ease, and his spirits raised and animated. 

Some of the company had real wit, and could use it both 
politely axkd to advantage; others were coxcombs, and were 
laughed at witiiout discovering it; and, again, others were 
originals, who seemed to have no objection that the company 
should be amused with their folly instead of their wit. And 
almost all the rest who played any prominent part in the conver- 
sation, had either the r6al tone of good society which belonged to 
the period, or the jargon which often passes current for it. 

Tn short, the company and conversation was so agreeable, that 
Nigel's rigour was softened by it, even towards the master of 
ceremonies, and he listened with patience to various details which 
Ihe Chevalier de Beaujeu, seeing, as he said, that Milot's taste 
lay for the **curieux and I'utile," chose to address to him in par- 
ticular, on the subject of cookery. To gratify, at the same timo, 
the taste for antiquity, which he somehow supposed that his new 
guest possessed, he lanehed out in commencbtion of the great 

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artists of former days, particularly one whom he had known in 
his youth, " Maitre de Cuisine to the Mar^chal Strozzi — tres bon 
gentilhomme pourtant; who had maintained his master's table 
with twelve covers every day during the long and severe blockade 
of le petit Leyth, although he had nothing better to place on it 
than the quarter of a carrion-horse now and then, and the grass 
and weeds that grew on the ramparts. ** Despardieux c'e'toit un 
homme superbe ! With on tistle-head, and a nettle or two, he 
could make a soupe for twenty guests — an haunch of a little 
puppy-dog made a r6ti des plus excellens ; but his coup de maitre 
was when the rendition — what you call the surrender, took place 
and appened ; and then, dieu me damme, he made out of the hind 
quarter of one salted horse, forty-five converts ; that the English 
and Scottish officers and nobility, who had the honour to dine with 
Monseigneur upon the rendition, could not tell what the devil any 
one of tiiem were made upon at all." * 

The good wine had by this time gone so merrily round, and 
had such genial effect on the guests, that those of the lower end 
of the table, who had hitherto been listener^, began, not greatly 
to their own credit, or that of the ordinary, to make innovations. 

'' You speak of tiie siege of Leith," said a tall, raw-boned man, 
with thick mustaches turned up with a military twist, a broad 
buff belt, a long rapier, and other outward symbols of the honoured 
profession, which lives by killing other people, — *^ you talk of the 
siege of Leith, and I have seen the place — a pretty kind of a 
hamlet it is, with a plain, wall, or rampart, and a pigeon-house or 
so of a tower at every angle. Uds daggers and scabbards, if a 
leaguer of our days had been twenty-four hours, not to say so 
many months, before it, without carrying the place and all its 
cocjilofts, one after another, by pure storm, they would have 
deserved no better grace than the provost-Marshal gives when 
his noose is reeved." 

** Saar," said the Chevalier, << Monsieur le Capitane, I vas not 
at the siege of the petit Ley th, and I know not what you say about 
the cockloft ; but I will say for Monseigneur de Strozzi, that he 
understood the grand guerre, and was grand capitaine — plus 
grand — that is more great, it may be, than some of the capitaines 
of Angleterre, who do speak very loud — tenez, Monmeur, car 
c'est a vous !" 

" Monsieur,'* answered the swordsman, ** we know the French- 
man will fight well behind his barrier of stone, or when he is armed 
with back, breast, and pot." 

" Pot !" exclaimed the Chevalier, " what do you mean by pot 
— do you mean to insult me among my noble guests I Saar, I 
have done my duty as a pauvre gentilhomme under the Grand 
Henri Quatre, both at Courtrai and Yvry, and, ventre saint 
gris ! we had neither pot nor marmite, but did always charge in 
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** Whidi refates another base scandal/' said Lord DaJgamo, 
laughing, ^alleging that linen was scarce among the French 
gentlemen-at-arms.*' 

^ Gentlemen out at arms and elbows both, you mean, my lord," 
said the captain, from the bottom of the taUe. ^ Craving your 
lordship's pardon, I do know something of these same gens- 
d'armes." 

^ We will spare your knowledge at present, captain, and save 
your modesty at the same time me trouble of telling us how that 
knowledge was acquired," answered Lord Dalgamo, ra&er con- 
temptously. 

** I need not speak of it, my lord," said the man of war ; " the 
world knows it — all, perhaps, but &e men of mohair — the poor 
sneaking citizens of London, who would see a man of valour eat 
his very hilts for hunger, ere they would draw a farthing from 
their long purses to relieve them. Oh, if a band of the honest 
fellows I have seen were once to come near that cuckoo's nest of 
theh» !" 

<< A cuckoo's nest I — and that said of the city of London !" said 
a gallant who sat on the opposite side of the table, and who, 
wearing a splendid and fashionable dress, seemed yet scarce at 
home in it — ^" I will not brook to hear that repeated."* 

^ What !" said the soldier, bending a most terrific frown from 
a pair of broad black eyebrows, hancSing the hilt of his weapon 
with one hand and twirling with the other his huge mustaches ; 
" will you quarrel for your city !" 

** Ay, marry will I," replied the other. ** I am a citizen, I care 
not who knows it ; and he who shall speak a word in dispraise of 
the city, is an ass and a peremptory gull, and I will break his pate, 
to teach him sense and manners." 

The company, who probably had their reasons for not valuing 
the captain's courage at the high rate which he himself put upon 
it, were much entertained at the manner in which the quarrel was 
taken up by the indignant citizen ; and they exclaimed on all 
ades, « Well rung. Bow-bell !"—-*< Well crowed, the cock of Saint 
Paul's !" — '* Sound a charge there, or the soldier will mistake his 
signals, and retreat when he should advance." 

^ You mistake me, gentlemen," said the captain, looking round 
with an air of dignity. " I will but inquire whether this caya- 
li^ro citizen is of rank and degree fitted to measure swords with 
a man of action ; (for, conceive me, gentlemen, it is not with every 
one that I can match myself without loss of reputation ;) and in 
that case he shall soon hear from me honourably, by way of 
cartel." 

^ You shall feel me most dishonourably in the way of cudgel," 
■aid the citizen, starting up, and taking his sword, which he had 
laid in a comer. ** Follow me." 

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'' It is mj ri^t to name the place of combat, by ail the rnfes 
of the Bword," said the captain ; *' and I do nominate the Maa^ 
in Tothill-Fields, for place — two gentlemen, who shall be indiffe- 
rent judges, for witnesses ;— and for time — let me say this day 
fortm^^ at daybreak." 

^ ^d If' said the citizen, ** do nominate Uie bowUng-alley 
behind the house for place, the present good company for witnesses^ 
said for time the present moment." 

So saying, he cast on his beaver, struck the soldier across the 
shoulders with his sheathed sword, and ran down stairs. The 
captain shewed no instant alacrity to follow him ; yet, at last, 
roused by the laugh and sneer around him, he assured tiie com- 
pany, that what he did, he would do deliberately, and, assuming 
his hat, which he put on with the air of Ancient Pistol, he de- 
scended the stairs to tiie place of combat, where his more prompt 
adversary was already stationed, with his sword unsheathed. Of 
tlte company, all of whom seemed highly delighted with the 
approaching fray, some ran to the windows which overlooked the 
bowling-«Il^, and others followed tiie combatants down stairs. 
t^igel could not help asking Dalgano whether he would not inter«> 
fbre to prevent mischief. 

^ It would be a crime against the public interest," answered 
his Mend ; ^ &ere can no mischief happen between two such 
originals, which will not be a positive benefit to society, and par-< 
ticularly to the Chevalier's establishment, as he calls it. I have 
been as sick of that captain's buff belt, and red doublet, for this 
month past, as e'er I was of aught ; and now I hope this bold 
linendraper will cudgel the aas out of that filthy lion's hide. See^ 
Nigel, see the gallant citiz^i has ta'en his ground about a bowl's* 
cast forward, in the midst of the alley — the very model of a hos 
m armour. Behold how he prances with his manly foot, and 
brandishes his blade, mudi as xf he were about to measure forth 
cambric with it ^- See, they bring on the reluctant soldado, and 
plant him opposite to his fiery antagonist, twelve paces still divi* 
ding them — Lo, the captain drawa his tod, but, like a good general^ 
looks over his shoulder to secure his retreat,, in case the worst 
come on't. — Behold the vaUant shopkeeper stoops his head» 
confident, doubtless, in the civic helmet with which his spouse 
has fortified his skull — Why, this is the rarest of sport. By 
Heaven, he will run a tilt at Imn like a ram." 

It was even as Lord Dalgamohad anticipated ; for the citizen, 
who seemed quite serious in his zeal fcHr combat, perceiving that 
the man of war did not advance towards him, ru^ed on with as 
much good fortune as courage, beat down the Captain's guard, 
and, pressing on, thrust, as it seemed, his sword clear tlurongh 
the lK)dy of his antagonist, who, with a deep groan, measuxid 
his length on the ground. A score of voices cried to the con- 
queror, as he stood fixed in astonishment at his own feat, ** Away, 
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WhitefrUrs, or cross the water to the Bankside, while we keep 
off the mob and the constables." And the conqueror, leavine 
his vanquished foeman on the ground, fled accordingly, with aU 



''By Heaven,*' said Lord Dalgamo, ''I could never have 
believed that the fellow would have stood to receive a thrust — 
he has certainly been arrested by positive terror, and lost &e 
use of his limbs. See, they are raising him." 

Stiff and stark seemed the corpse of the swordsman, as one or 
two of the guests raised him from the ground ; but, when they 
hegan to open his waistcoat to seardi for the wound which no- 
where existed, the man of war collected his scattered spirits, and, 
conscious that the ordinaiy was no longer a stage on which to 
display his valour, took to his heels as fast as he could run, pur^ 
su^ by the laughter and shouts of the company. 

** By my honour," said Lord Dalgamo, *' he takes the same 
(KHine with his conqueror. I trust in Heaven he will overtake 
him, and then the valiant citizen will suppose himself haunted 
by the ghost of him he has slain." 

** Despardieux, mitor," said the Chevalier, '^ if he had stayed 
<me mom^it, he should have had a torchon — what you call a 
dishdout, pinned to him for a piece of shroud, to shew he be de 
ghost of one grand fan£aron." 

'' In the meanwhile," said Lord Dalgamo, '* you will oblige us. 
Monsieur le Chevalier, as well as maintain your own honoured 
reputation, by letting your drawers receive the man-at-arms with 
a cudgel, in case he should venture to oome this way again." 

« Ventre saint gris, milor," said the Chevalier, '' leave that to 
me. — Begar, the maid shall throw the wash-sud upon the grand 
poltron !" 

When they had laughed sufficiently at this ludicrous occur- 
rence, the party began to divide themselves into little knots — 
some took possession of the alley, late the scene of combat, and 
put the field to its proper use of a bowling-ground, and it soon 
resounded with all the terms of the game, as '' Run, run — rub, 
rub — hold bias, you infernal trun&ng timber 1" ihaa making 
gpod the saying, that three things are t^wn away in a bowling- 
green, namely, time, money, and oaths. 

In the house, many of the gentlemen betook themselves to 
cards or dice, and parties were formed at Ombre, at Basset, at 
Gleek, at Primero, and other games then in fashion ; while the dice 
were used at various games, both with and without the tables, as 
BazMcdy In-and-in, Passage, and so forth. The play, however, 
did not appear to be extravagantly deep ; it was certainly con- 
ducted vfiiti great decorum and fairness ; nor did there appear 
any thing to lead the younger Scotsman in the least to doubt 
his companion's assurance, that the place was frequented by 
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Lord Dalgamo neither had proposed play to his friend, nor 
joined in the amusement himself, but sauntered from one table 
to another, remarking the luck of the different players, as well 
as their capacity to avail themselves of it, and exchanging con- 
versation with the highest and most respectable of the guests. 
At length, as if tired of what in modem phrase would have been 
termed lounging, he suddenly remembered that Burbage was to 
act Shakespeare's King Richard at the Fortune, that afternoon, 
and that he could not give a stranger in London, like Lord Glen- 
varloch, a higher entertainment than to carry him to that exhi- 
bition; "unless, indeed," he added, in a whisper, "there is a 
paternal interdiction of the theatre, as well as of the ordinary." 

** I never heard my father speak of stage-plays," said Lord 
Glenvarloch, " for they are shows of a modem date, and unknown 
in Scotland. Yet, if what I have beard to their prejudice be true, 
I doubt much whether he would have approved of them." 

" Approved of them !" exclaimed Lord Dalgamo — " why, 
George Buchanan wrote tragedies, and his pupil, learned and 
wise as himself, goes to see them, so it is next door to treason to 
abstain ; and the cleverest men in England write for the stage, 
and the prettiest women in London resort to the playhouses, and 
I have a brace of nags at the door which will carry us along the 
streets like wildfire, and the ride will digest our venison and 
ortolans, and dissipate the fumes of the wine, and so let's to 
horse — Godd'en to you, gentlemen — Grodd'en, Chevalier de la 
Fortune." 

Lord Dalgamo's grooms were in attendance with two horses, 
and the young men mounted, the proprietor upon a favourite 
barb, and Nigel upon a high-dressed jennet, scarce less beautiful. 
As they rode towards the theatre. Lord Dalgamo endeavoured 
to discover his friend's opinion of the company to which he had 
introduced him, and to combat the exceptions which he might 
suppose him to have taken. " And wherefore lookest thou sad,'* 
he said, " my pensive neophyte ! Sage son of the Alma Mater 
of Low-Dutch learning, what aileth thee ! Is the leaf of the living 
world which we have turned over in company, less fairly written 
than thou hadst been taught to expect ! Be comforted, and pass 
over one little blot or two ; thou wilt be doomed to read throue^h 
many a page, as black as Infamy, with her sooty pinion, can make 
them. Remember, most immaculate Nigel, that we are in Lon- 
don, not Leyden — that we are studying Ufe, not lore. Stand 
buff against the reproach of thine over-tender conscience, man, 
and when thou summest up, like a good arithmetician, the actions 
of the day, before you balance the account upon your pillow, tell 
the accusing spirit, to his brimstone beard, that if thine ears 
have heard the chitter of the devil's bones, thy hand hath not 
trowled them — that if thy eye hath seen the brawling of two 
angry boys, thy blade hath not been bared in their fray." 

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ewu I cannot think but that your lordship, and other men of 
good quality with whom we dined, might have chosen a place of 
meeting free from the intrusion of bullies, and a better master 
of your ceremonial than yonder foreign adventurer.** 

<* All shall be amended, Sancte Nigelle, when thou shalt come 
forth a new Peter the Hermit, to preach a crusade against dicing, 
drabbing, and company-keeping. We will meet for dinner in 
Saint Sepulchre's Church ; we will dine in the chancel, drink our 
flask in the vestry, the parson shall draw every cork, and the 
clerk say amen to every health. Come, mkn, cheer up, and get 
rid of this sour and unsocial humour. Credit me, that the 
Puritans who object to us the follies and the frailties Incident to 
human nature, have themselves the vices of absolute devils, privy 
malice and backbiting hypocrisy, and spiritual pride in 21U its 
presumption. There is much,, too, in Hfe which we must see, 
were it only to learn to shun it. Will Shakespeare, who lives 
after death, and who is presently to afford thee such pleasure as 
none but himself can confer, has described the gallajit Falcon- 
bridge as calling that man 

* a bastard to the time, 

That doth not smack of observation ; 
Which, though I will not practise to deceive* 
Yet, to avoid deceit, 1 mean to lefrn* 

But here we are at the door of the Fortune, where we shall haVe 
matchless Will speaking for himself. — Goblin, and you other 
lout, leave the horses to the grooms, and make way for us through 
the press.** 

They dismounted, and the assiduous efforts of Lutin, elbowing, 
bullying, and proclaiming his master's name and title, made way 
through a crowd of murmuring citizens, and clamorous appren- 
tices, to the door, where Lord Dalgamo speedily procured a brace 
of stools upon the stage for his companion and himself, where, 
seated amon^ other plants of the same class, they had an 
opportunity of displaying their fair dresses and fashionable 
manners, while they criticised the piece during its progress ; thus 
forming, at the same time, a conspicuous part of the spectacle, 
and an important pvoportion of the audience. 

Nigel Ohfaunt was too eagerly and deeply absorbed in the 
interest of the scene, to be capable of playing his part as became 
the pkce where he was seated. He felt all the magic of that 
sorcerer, who had displayed, within the paltry circle of a wooden 
booth, the long wars of York and Lancaster, compelling the 
heroes of either line to stalk across the scene in language and 
fashion as they lived, as if the grave bad given up the dead 
for the amusement and instruction of the living. Burbage,* 
esteemed the best Richard until Garrick arose, played the tvraut 
and usurper with such truth and liveliness, that when the Battle 

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of Bosworth seemed concluded by his death, the ideas of reali^ 
and deception were strongly contending in Lord GlenTarloch's 
imagination, and it required him to rouse himself from his 
reverie, so strange did the proposal at iirst sound when hi3 
companion declared King Richard should sup with them at the 
Mermaid. 

They were joined, at the same time, by a small party of ihp 
gentlemen witii whom they had dined, which they recruited by 
inviting two or three of the most accomplished wits and poets, 
who seldom failed to attend the Fortune Tneatre, and were even 
but too ready to conclude a day of amusement with a niffht of 
pleasure. Thhher the whole party adjourned, and betwixt fertile 
cups of sack, excited spirits, and the emulous wit of their hvely 
companions, seemed to realize the joyous boast of one of Ben 
Jonson's contemporaries, when remin^g the bard of 

** Those lyric feasts. 
Where men such dusters had, 
As made them nobly wild, not mad ; 
While yet each verse of thine 
Outdid the meat, outdid the frolic wine.** 



CHAPTER XIII. 

Let the nrond salmon gorge the feather'd book, 
Then strike, and then you have him— He will winoe ; 
Spin out your line that it shall whistle from you 
Some twenty yards or so, yet you shall have him— 
Marry ! you must have patience — the stout rock 
Which is his trust, hath edges something sharp ; 
And the deep pool hath oose and sludge enough 
To mar your fishing — less you are more careral. 

AlbUm, or the Double Kings. 

It is seldom, that a day of pleasure, upon review, seems alto- 
gether so exquisite as the partaker of the festivity may have felt 
it while passing over him. Nigel Olifaunt, at least, <Hd not feel 
it so, and it required a visit from his new acquaintance, Loi*d 
Dalgamo, to reconcile him entirely to himself. But this visit 
took place early aiter breakfast, and his friend's discourse was 
prefaced with a question, '' How he liked the company of the pre- 
ceding evening V* 

" Why, excellently well," said Lord Glenvarbch ; " only I 
should have liked the wit better had it seemed to flow more 
freely. Every man's invention seemed on the stretch, and each 
extravagant simile seemed to set one half of your men of wit intq 
a brown study to produce something which should out-herod it." 

" And wherefore not ?" said Lord Dalgarno, " or what are these 
fellows fit for, but to play the intellectual gladiators before us ! 
He of them who declares himself recreant, should, d — n him, be 
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company. I promise you, that many a pretty fellow has been 
mortally wounded with a quibble or a carwitchet at the Mermaid, 
and sent from thence, in a pitiable estate, to Wit's Hospital in 
the Vintry, where they languish to this day amongst fools and 
aldermen." 

" It may be so," said Lord Nigel ; " yet I could swear by my 
honour, that last night I seemed to be in company with more than 
one man whose genius and learning ought either to have placed 
him higher in our company, or to have withdrawn him altogether 
from a scene, where, sooth to speak, his part seemed unworthily 
subordinate." 

^ Now, out upon your tender conscienoe," said Lord Dalgamo ; 
^ and the fico for such outcasts of Parnassus ! Why, these are 
the very leavings of that noble banquet of pickled herrings and 
Rhenish, which lost London so many of her principal witmongers 
and bards of misrule. What would you have said had you seen 
Nash or Green, when you interest yourself about the poor mimes 
you supped with last night f Suffice it, they had their drench 
and theur dose, and they drank and slept as much as may save 
them from any necessity of eating till evening, when, if they are 
industrious, they will find patrons or players to feed Uiem.* For 
the rest of their wants, they can be at no loss for cold water while 
the New River head holds good ; and your doublets of Parnassus 
are eternal in duration." 

« Yireil and Horace had more efficient patronage," said Nieel. 

" Ay, replied his countryman, " but these fellows are neiwer 
Virgil nor Horace ; besides, we have other spirits of another sort, 
to whom I will introduce you on some early occajuon. Our Swan 
of Avon hath sung his last ; but we have stout old Ben, with as 
much learning and genius as ever prompted the treader of sock 
and buskin. It is not, however, of him I mean now to speak ; 
but I come to pray you, of dear love, tdrow up with me as far as 
Richmond, where two or three of the gallants whom you saw 
yesterday, mean to give music and syUabubs to a set of beauties, 
with some curious bright eyes among them — such, I promise 
you, as might win an astrologer from his worship of the galaxy. 
My sister leads the bevy, to whom I desire to present you. 
She hath her admirers at Court ; and is regarded,* though I 
might dispense with sounding her praise, as one of the beauties 
of the time." 

There was no refusing an engagement, where the presence of 
the party invited, late so low in his own regard, was demanded by 
a lady of quality, one of the choice beauties of the time. Lora 
Glenvarloch accepted, as was inevitable, and spent a lively day 
among the gay and the fair. He was the gallant in attendEince, 
for the day, upon his friend's sister, the beautiful Countess of 
Blackchester, who aimed at once at superiority in the realms of 
fashion, of power, and of wit. 

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She was, indeed, considerably older than her brother, and had 
probably completed her six lustres ; but the deficiency in extreme 
youth was more than atoned for, in the most precise and carious 
accuracy in attire, an early acquaintance with every foreign mode, 
and a peculiar gift in adapting the knowledge which she acquired, 
to her own particular features and complexion. At Court, she 
knew as well as any lady in the circle, the precise tone, moral, 
political, learned, or jocose, in which it was proper to answer the 
Monarch, according to his prevailing humour ; and was supposed 
to have been very active, by her personal interest, in procuring 
her husband a high situation, which the gouty old viscount could 
never have deserved by any merit of his own commonplace con- 
duct and understanding. 

It was far more easy for this lady than for her brother, to 
reconcile so young a courtier as Lord Glenvarloch to the customs 
and habits of a sphere so new to him. In all civilized society, 
the females of distinguished rank and beauty give the tone to 
manners, and, through these, even to morals. Lady Blackchester 
had, besides, interest either in the Court, or over the Court, (for 
its source could not be well traced,) which created friends, and 
overawed those who might have been disposed to play the part of 
enemies. 

At one time, she was understood to be closely leagued with the 
Buckingham family, with whom her brother still maintained a 
great intimacy; and, although some coldness had taken place 
betwixt the Countess and the Duchess of Buckingham, so that 
they were little seen together, and the former seemed considerably 
to have withdrawn herself into privacy, it was whispered, that 
Lady Blackchester's interest with the great favourite Vas not 
diminished in consequence of her breach with his lady. 

Our account of the private Court intrigues of that period, 
and of the persons to whom they were intrusted, are not full 
enough to enable us to pronounce upon the various reports 
which arose out of the circumstances we have detailed. It is 
enough to say, that Lady Blackchester possessed great influ- 
ence on the circle around her, both from her beauty, her 
abihties, and her reputed talents for Court intrigue; and that 
Nigel Olifaunt was not long of experiencing its power, as he 
became a slave in some degree to that species of habit, which 
carries so many men into a certain society at a certain hour, 
without expecting or receiving any particular degree of gratifica- 
tion, or even amusement 

His life for several weeks may be thus described. The ordi- 
nary was no bad introduction to the business of the day ; and the 
young lord quickly found, that if the society there was not always 
irreproachable, still it formed the most convenient and agreeable 
place of meeting with the fashionable parties, with whom he 
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had assembled around her. Neither did he entertain the same 
scrupulous horror which led him originally ieven to hesitate 
entering into a place where gaming was permitted ; but, on the 
contrary; began to admit the idea, Uiat as there could be no harm 
in beholding such recreation* when only indulged in to a moderate 
degree, so, from a parity of reasoning, there could be no objection 
to joining in it, always under the same restrictions. But the 
young lord was a Scotsman, habituated to early reflection, and 
totally unaccustomed to any habit which inferred a careless risk 
or profuse waste of money. Profusion was not his natural vice,^ 
or one likely to be acquired in the course of his education ; and, 
in all probabiUty, while his father anticipated with noble horror 
the idea of his son approaching the gaming-table, he was more 
startled at the idea of his becoming a gaining than a losing adven- 
turer. The second, according to Ins principles, had a termination, 
a sad one, indeed, in the loss of temporal fortune — the first 
quality went on increasing the evil which he dreaded, and 
perilled at once both body and soul. 

However the old lord might ground his apprehension, it was so 
far verified by his son's conduct, that, from an observer of the 
various games of chance which he witnessed, he came, by degrees, 
by moderate hazards, and small bets or wagers, to take a certain 
interest in them. Nor could it be denied, that his rank and 
expectations entitled him to hazard a few pieces (for his game 
went no deeper) against persons, who, from the readiness with 
which they staked their money, might be supposed well able to 
afford to lose it. 

It chanced, or, perhaps, according to the common beUef, his 
evil genius haid so decreed, that Nigel's adventures were remark* 
ably successfuL He was temperate, cautious, cool-headed, had a 
strong memory, and a ready power of calculation ; was, besides, 
of a daring and intrepid character, one upon whom no one that 
had looked even slightly, or spoken to though but hastily, would 
readily have ventured to practise any thing approaching to trick, 
or which required to be supported by intimidation. WhUe Lord 
Glenvarloch chose to play, men played with him regularly, or, 
according to the phrase, upon the square ; and, as he found his 
luck change, or wished to hazard his good fortune no farther, the 
more professed votaries of fortune, who frequented the house of 
Monsieur le ChevaUer de Saint Priest Beaujeu, did not venture 
openly to express their displeasure at his rising a winner. But 
when this happened repeatedly, the gamesters murmured amongst 
themselves equally at the caution and the success of the young 
Scotsman ; and he became far from being a popular chuacter 
among their society. 

It was no slight inducement to the contmuance of this most 
evil habit, when it was once in some degree acquired, that it 
seemed to place Lord Glenvarloch, haughty as he naturally was, 
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obligatioiifl, whioh his prolonged residenoe in London most other* 
wise have rendered neoeasary. He had to solicit from the 
ministers certain forms of office, which were to render his sign- 
manual effectually useful ; and these, though they could not be 
denied, were delayed in such a manner, as to lead Nigel to 
believe there was some secret opposition, which occasioned the 
demur in his business. His own impulse was, to have appearea 
at Court a second time, with the King's sign-manual in his pocket, 
and to have appealed to his Majesty hiim»lf, whether the delay 
of the public officers ought to render his royal generosity unavail* 
ing. But the Lord Huntinglen, that good old peer, who had so 
frai^y interfered in his b^alf on a former occasion, and whom 
he occasionally visited, greatly dissuaded him from a similar 
adventure, and exhorted him quietly to await ^e deliverance of 
the ministers, which should set him free frt>m dancing attendance 
in London. 

Lord Dalgamo joined his fibther in deterring his young friend 
from a second attendance at Court, at least till he was reconciled 
with the Duke of Buckingham — ^ a matter in which," he said, 
addresmng his fjEither, '' I have offered my poor assistance, with* 
out being able to prevail on Lord Nigel to make any — not even 
the least — submission to the Duke of Buckingham." 

<' By my faith, and I hold the laddie to be in the right on % 
Malcolm!" answered the stout old Soots lord. — << What ri^t 
hath Buckingham, or, to speak plainly, the son of Sir George 
Villiers, to expect homage and fealty frtnn one more noble than 
himself, by eight quarters ! I heard him myself, on no reason 
that I could pereeive, term Lord Nigel his enemy ; and it will 
never be by my counsel that the lad speaks soft word to him, till 
he recalls the hard one." 

^ That is precisely my advice to Lord Glenvarloch," answered 
Lord Dalgarno ; *^ but then you will admit, my dear father, that 
it would l^ the risk of extromity for our friend to return into the 
presence, the Duke being his enemy — better to leave it with me 
to take off the heat of the distemperature, with which some pick- 
thanks have persuaded the Duke to regard our friend." 

<^ If thou canst persuade Buckingham of his error, Malcolm," 
said his father, ** for once I will say there hath been kindness and 
honesty in Court service. I have oft told your sister and your- 
self, that in the general I esteem it as lightly as may be." 

** You need not doubt my doing my best in Nigel's ease," 
answered Lord Dalgamo ; ^ but you must think, my dear father, 
I must needs use slower and gentler means than those by ^diieh 
you became a favourite twenty years ago." 

« By my faith, I am afraid thou wilt," answered his father. — 
« I tell thee, Malcolm, I would sooner wish myself in the grave, 
than doubt thine honesty or honour ; yet somehow it hath ohimced, 
that honest, ready service, hath not tifie same acceptance at Court 
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<* Oh^ the time permits not your old world service," said Lord 
Dalgamo ; *' we have now no daily insurrections, no niefatly at* 
tenq>t8 at assassination, as were the fashion in the Scottish Court. 
Your prompt and uncourteous sword-in-hand attendance on the 
Sovereign is no longer necessary, and would be as unbeseeming as 
your old-fashioned serving-men, with their badges, broadswords, 
and bucklers, would be at & court- masque. Besides, father, loyal 
haste hath its inconvenience. I have heard, and from royal lips 
too, that when you struck your dagger into the traitor Ruthven, 
it was with such little consideration, that the point ran a quarter 
of an inch into the royal buttock. The King never tllks of it but 

be rubs the injured part, and quotes his ' infandwn reno- 

Tare dolorem,' But this comes of old fashions, and of wearing a 
long Liddesdale whinger instead of a poniard of Parma. Yet 
this, my dear falher, you call prompt and valiant service. The 
King, I am told, coidd not sit upright for a fortnight, though all 
the cushions in Falkland were placed in his chair of state, and 
&e Provost of Dunfermline's borrowed to the boot of all." 

^ It is a lie," said the old Earl, ^ a false lie, forge it who list ! 
— It is true I wore a dageer of service by my side, and not a 
bodkin like yours, to pick one's teeth withal — and for prompt 
service — Odds nouns! it should be prompt to be useful, when 
kmgs ave eryi&g treason and mvrder with the screech of a half- 
throttied hen. But you young courtiers know nought oi these 
matters, and are little better than the green geese they bring 
over from the Indies, whose only merit to their masters is to 
repeat their own words after them — a pack of mouthers, and 
flatterers, and ear-wigs. — Wdl, I am old and unable to mend, 
^se I woidd break all off, and hear the Tay once more flinging 
himself over the CanqMue Linn." 

^ But there is your dinner-bell, father/' said Lord Dalgamo, 
** which, if the venlscm I sent you prove seasonable, is at least as 
sweet a sound." 

'^ Follow me, then, youngsters, U you list," said the old Earl ; 
and strode on from the alcove in which this conversation was 
held, towards the house, followed by the two young men. 

In their private discourse, Lord Dalgamo had Uttle trouble in 
dissuading Nigel from going immediatdy to Court ; while, on the 
other hand, the ofibrs he nmde him of a previous introduction to 
the Duke of Buckingham, were received by Lord Glenvarloch 
with a positive and ooatemptnous refusid. His friend shrugged 
his shoulders, as one who claims the merit of having given to an 
obstinate friend the best eounsel, and desires to be held free of 
the consequences of his pertmacity. 

As for tiie father, his table indeed^ and his best liquor, of which 
he was more piaofuse than necessary, were at the command of his 
youn|^ friend, aa weU as his best advice and assistance in the pro- 
secution of his affairs. But Lord Huntinglen's interest was more 
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defence of the King's person, was so carelessly managed by him- 
self, 60 easily eluded by the favourites and ministers of the Sove- 
reign, that, except upon one or two occasions, when the King 
was in some measure taken by surprise, as in the case of Lord 
Glenvarloch, the royal bounty was never efficiently extended, 
either to himself or to his friends. 

*^ There never waft a man," said Lord Dalgamo, whose shrewder 
knowledge of the English Court saw where his father's deficiency 
lay, '* that had it so perfectly in his power to have made his way 
to the pinnacle of fortune as my poor father. He had acquired 
a rij^ht to bdUd up the staircase, step by step, slowly and surely, 
letting every boon, which he begged year after year, become in 
its turn the resting-place for the next annual grant. But your 
fortunes shall not shipwreck upon the same coast, Nigel," he 
would conclude. ^Itl have fewer means of influence wan my 
father has, or rather had, till he threw them away for butts of 
sack, hawks, hounds, and such carrion, I can, far better than 
he, improve that which I possess ; and that, my dear Nigel, is 
all engaged in your behalf. Do not be surprised or offend^ tiiat 
you now see me less than formerly. The stag-hunting is com- 
menced, and the Prince looks that T should attend him more fre- 
quently. I must also maintain my attendance on the Duke, that 
I may have an opportunity of pleading your cause ^en occasion 
shall permit" 

" I have no cause to plead before the Duke," said Nigel, 
gravely ; ^ I have said so repeatedly." 

^ Why, I meant the phrase no otherwise, thou churliah and 
suspicious disputant," answered Dalgamo, " than as I am now 
pleading the Duke's cause with thee. Surely I only mean to 
claim a share in our royal master's favourite benediction, BecUi 



Jpon several occasions. Lord Glenvarlooh's conversations, 
both with the old Earl and his son, took a similar turn, and had 
a like conclusion. He sometimes felt as if, betwixt the one and 
the other, not to mention the more unseen and unboasted, but 
scarce less certain influence of Lady Blackchester, his a^air, 
simple as it had become, might have been somehow accelerated. 
But it was equally impossibfe to doubt the rough honesty of the 
father, and the eager and officious friendship of Lord Dalgamo ; 
nor was it easy to suppose that the countenance of the lady, by 
whom he was received with such distinction, would be wanting, 
could it be effectual in his service. 

Nigel was farther sensible of the troth of what Lord Dalgamo 
often pointed out, that the favourite being supposed to be his 
enemy, every petty officer, through whose lumds Ms affair must 
necessarily pass, would desire to make a merit of throwing ob- 
stacles in his way, which he could only surmount by steadiness and 
patience, unless he preferred closing the breach, or, as Lord Dal- 
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Nigel might, and doubtless would, have had recourse to the 
advice of his friend George Heriot upon this occasion, having 
found it so advantageous formerly ; but the only time he saw him 
after their visit to Court, he found the worthy citizen engaged ir 
hasty preparation for a journey to Paris, upon business of great 
importance in the way of his profession, and by an especial com- 
mission from the Court and the Duke of Buckingham, which was 
likely to be attended ;with considerable profit. The good man 
smiled as he named the Duke of Buckingham. He had been, he 
said, pretty sure that his disgrace in that quarter would not be 
of long duration. * 

Lord Glenvarloch expressed himself rejoiced at their reconci- 
liation, observing, that it had been a most painful reflection to 
him, that Master Heriot should, in his behalf, have incurred the 
dislike, and perhaps exposed himself to the ill offices, of so power- 
ful a favourite. 

" My lord," said Heriot, " for your father's son I would do 
much ; and yet truly, if I know myself, I would do as much and 
risk as much, for the sake of justice, in the case of a much more 
insignificant person, as I have ventured for yours. But as we 
shall not meet for some time, I must commit to your own wisdom 
tlie fartiier prosecution of this matter.'' 

And thus they took a kind and affectionate leave of each other. 

There were other changes in Lord Glenvarloch's situation, 
which require to be noticed. His present occupations, and the 
habits of amusement which he had acquired, rendered his living 
so far in the city a considerable inconvenience. He may also 
have become a httle ashamed of his cabin on Paul's Whaif, and 
desirous of bemg lodged somewhat more according to his quality. 
For this purpose, he had hired a small apartment near the 
Temple. He was, nevertheless, almost sorry for what he had 
done, when he observed that his removal appeared to give some 
pain to John Christie, and a great deal to his cordial and officious 
landlady. The former, who was grave and saturnine in every 
thing he did, only hoped that all had been to Lord Glenvarloch's 
mind, and that he had not left tiiem on account of any unbeseem- 
-ng negligence on their part. But the tear twinkled in Dame 
Nelly's eye, while she recounted the various improvements she 
had made in the apartment, of express purpose to render it more 
convenient to his lordship. 

" There was a great sea-chest," she said, " had been taken up 
stairs to the shopman's garret, tiiough it left the poor lad scarce 
eighteen inches of opening to creep betwixt it and his bed ; and 
Heaven knew — she did not — whether it could ever be brought 
down that narrow stair again. Then the turning the closet into 
an alcove, had cost a matter of twenty round shillings ; and to be 
sure, to any other lodger but his lordship, the closet was more con- 
venient. There was all the linen, too, which she had bought ob 
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Every body likes marks of personal attachment ; and Ifigel, 
whose heart i*GalIy smote him^as if in his rising fortunes be were 
disdaining the lowly accommodations' and the civilities of the 
humble fHends which had been but lately actual favours, failed 
not by every assurance in his power, and by as liberal payment 
as they could be prevailed upon to accept, to alleviate tiie sore- 
ness of their feelings at his departure ; and a parting kiss from 
the fair Kps of his hostess sealed his forgiveness. 

Richie Moniplies lingered behind his master, to ask whether, 
in case of need, John Christie could help a canny Scotsman to a 
passage back to his own country ; and receiving assurance of 
John's interest to that effect, he said at parting, he would remind 
him of his promise soon. — " For," said he, " if my lord is not 
weary of this London life> I ken one that is, videlicet, mysell ; 
and I am weel detenmned tof see Arthur's Seat again ere I am 
many weeks older." 



CHAPTER XIV. 

Bingo, why, Bineo! hey, boy — here, rir, here— 
He '• gone and off, but he 'U be h(nne before as ; -^ 
*TU the most wayward cur e'er mumbled bone, 
Or dogg'd a master's footstep.- Bingo loves me 
Better than ever beggar loved his alms ; 
Yet, when he takes such humour, you may coax 
Bweet Mistress Fantasv, your woruiip's mistress. 
Out of her sullen moods, as soon as Bingo. 

The Dominie and hie Dog. 

RiCHiB MoifiPLiBS was as good as his wofd. Two or three 
mornings after the young lord had possessed himself of his new 
lodgings, he appeared before Nigel, as he was prepared to dress, 
having left his pillow at an hour tmimh later than had formerly 
been his custom. 

As Nigel looked upon his attendant, he observed thens was a 
gathering gloom upon Ue solemn features, which expressed 
either i^ditional importance, or superadded discontent, or a 
portion of both. 

** How now," he said, ''what is the matter this mdming, Riehie, 
that you have made your face so Uke that grotesque mask on one 
of the spouts yonder !" pointing to the Temple Church, of which 
Gothic building they had a view f^M the window. 

Richie swivelled his head a little to the right with as little 
alacrity as if he had the crick in his neck, and instantly resuming 
his posture, replied, — ''Mask here, mask therd-^it were nae 
such matters that I have to speak anent." 

" And what matters have you to speak anent, then V* said his 
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'^My lord/' — said Richie, and then stopped to cough and 
hem, as if what he had to say stuck somewhat in his throat. 

" I guess the mystery," said Nigel, ** you want a little money^ 
Richie ; will five pieces serve the present turn 1" 

** My lord," said Richie, " I may, it is like, want a trifle of 
money ; and I am glad at the same time, and sorry, that it is 
mair plenty with your lordship than formerly." 

" Glad and sorry, man !" said Lord Nigel, " why, you ar© 
reading riddles to me, Richie." 

" My riddle will be briefly read," said Richie ; " I come to 
crave of your lordship your commands for Scotland." 

** For Scotland ! — why, art thou mad, man ?" said Nigel ; 
* canst thou not tarry to go down with me ?" 

** I could be of little service," said Richie, " since you purpose 
to hire another page and groom." 

" Why, thou jealous ass," said the young lord, " will not thy 
load of duty lie the lighter ? — Go, take thy breakfast, and drink 
thy ale double strong, to put such absurdities out of thy head — 
I could be angry with thee for thy folly, man — but I remember 
how thou hast stuck to me in adversity." 

"Adversity, my lord, should never have parted us," said 
Richie ; ** methinks, had the warst come to warst, I could have 
starved as gallantly as your lordship, or more so, being in some 
sort used to it ; for, though I was bred at a flesher's stall, I have 
not through my life had a constant intimacy with collops," 

•* Now, what is the meaning of all this trafcjh ?" said Nigel ; **op 
has it no other end than to provoke my patience ? You know 
well enough, that, had I twenty serving men, J would hold the 
faithful follower that stood by me in my distress the most valued 
of them all. But it Is totally out of reason to plague me with 
your solemn capriccios." 

" My lord," said Richie, " in declaring your trust in me, you 
have done what is honourable to yourself, if I may with humility 
aay so much, and in no way undeserved on my side. Neverthe- 
less, we must part." 

" Body of me, man, why 1" said Lord Nigel ; " what reason can 
there be for it, if we are mutually satisfied ?" 

" My lord," said Richie Moniplies, *' your lordship's occupa- 
tions are such as 1 cannot own or countenance by my presence." 

** How now, sirrah !" said his master, angrily. 

** Under favour, my lord," replied his domestic, " it is unequal 
dealing to be equally offended by my speech and by my silence. 
If you can hear with patience the grounds of my departure, it 
may be, for aught I know, the better for you here and hereafter 
— if not, let me have my license of departure in silence, and so 
no more about it." 

"Gro to, sir!" said Nigel; "speak out your mind — only 
remember to whom you speak it." 

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Richie look with more starched dignity than when he uttered the 
word;) "but do you think this aicing and card-shuffling, and 
haunting of tayems and playhouses, suits your lordship — for I 
am sure it does not suit me !" 

" Why, you are not turned precisian or puritan, fool !" said 
Lord Glenvarloch, laughing, though, betwixt resentment and 
shame, it cost him some trouble to do so. 

" My lord," replied the follower^ *' I ken the purport of your 
query. I am, it may be, a little of a precisian, and I wish to 
Heaven I was mair morthy of the name ; but let that be a pass- 
over. — I have stretched the duties of a serving-man as far as my 
northern conscience will permit. I can give my gude word to 
my master, or to my native country, when T am in a foreign 
land, even though 1 should leave downright truth a wee bit 
behind me. Ay, and I will take or give a slash with ony man 
that speaks to the derogation of either. But this chambering, 
dicing, and play-haunting, is not my element — I cannot draw 
breath in it — and when I hear of your lordship winning the 
siller that some poor creature may full sairly miss — by my saul, 
if it wad serve your necessity, rather than you gained it from him, 
I wad tak a jump over the hedge with your lordship, and cry 
* Stand!' to the first grazier we met tiiat was coming from 
Smithfield with the price of his Essex calves in his leathern 

pouch r* 

" You are a simpleton," said Nigel, who felt, however, much 
conscience-struck ; " I never play but for small sums." 

" Ay, my lord," replied the unyielding domestic, "and — still 
with reverence — it is even sae much the waur. If you played 
with your equals, there might be like sin, but there wad be mair 
warldly honour in it. Your lordship kens, or may ken, by expe- 
rience of your ain, whilk is not as yet mony weeks auld, that 
small sums can ill be missed by those that have nane larger ; and 
I maun e'en be plain with you, that men notice it of -your lord- 
ship, that ye play wi' nane but the misguided creatures that can 
but afford to lose bare stakes." 

" No man dare say so !" replied Nigel, very angrily. •* I play 
with whom I please, but 1 will only play for what stake I 
please." 

** That is just what they say, my lord," said the unmercifiil 
Richie, whose natural love of lecturing, as well as his bluntness 
of feeling, prevented him from having any idea of the pain which 
he was inflicting on his master ; " these are even their own very 
words. It was but yesterday your lordsliip was pleased, at that 
same ordinary, to win from yonder young hafflins gentleman, 
with the crimson velvet doublet, and the cock's feather in his 
beaver — him, I mean, who fought with the ranldng captain — 
a matter of five pounds, or thereby. I saw him come through 
tile hall ; and, if he was not cleaned out of cross and pile, I never 
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** Impossible !*' said Lord Gle^varlocfa — " why, who is he ! he 
looked like a man of substance." 

^ 4^ is not gold that glistens, my lord," replied Richie ; 
*^ 'broidery and bullion buttouis make^bare pouches. And if you 
ask who he is — maybe I have a guess, and care not to tell.'' 

^ At least, if I have done any such fellow an injury,'' said the 
Liord Nigel, " let me know how I can repair it." 

« Never fash your beard about that, my lord, — with reverence 
always," said Richie, — '* he shall be suitably cared after. Think 
on him but as ane wha was running post to the devil, and got a 
shouldering ^m your lordship to help him on his journey. But 
I will stop liim, if reason can ; and so your lordship needs ask nae 
mair about it, for there is no use in your knowing it, but much 
the contrair." 

** Hark you, surrah," said his master, " I have borne with you 
thus far, ior certain reasons; but abuse my good-nature no 
farther — and since you must needs go, why, go a God's name, 
and here is to pay your journey." So saying, he put gold into 
his hand, which Richie told over, piece by piece, with tl^ utmost 
accuracy. 

^ la it all right — or are they wanting in weight — or what the 
devil keeps you, when your hurry was so great five minutes 
since !" said the young lord, now thoroughly nettled at the pre- 
sumptuous precision with which Richie dealt forth his canons of 
morality. 

^ The tale of coin is complete," said Richie, with the most im- 
perturbable gravity ; " and, for the weight, though they are sae 
scrupulous in this town, as make mouths at a piece that is a wee 
bit hght, or that has been cracked within the ring, my sooth, 
they will jump at them in Edinburgh Uke a cock at a grosart. 
Gold pieces are not so plenty there, the mair the pity !" 

** The more is your folly, then," said Nigel, whose anger was 
only momentary, *' that leave the land where there is enough of 
them." 

** My lord," said Richie, " to be round with you, the grace of 
God is better than gold pieces. When Goblin, as you call yonder 
Monsieur Lutin, — and you might as weU call him Gibbet, since 
that is what he is hke to end in, — shall recommend a page to 
you, ye will hear httle such doctrine as ye have heard from me. 
— And if they were my last words," he said, raising his voice, " I 
would say you are misled, and are forsaking the paths which 
your honourable fa^er trode in ; and, what is more, you are 
going — still under correction — to the devil with a dishclout, for 
you are laughed at by them that lead you into these disordered 
bypaths." 

** Laughed at !" said Nigel, who, like others of his age, was more 
sensible to ridicule than to reason — ** Who dares laugh at me 1" 

" My lord, as sure as I live by bread — nay, more, as I am a 
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tongue bearing aught but the truth — unless that your lordship's 
credit, my country's profit, or, it may be, some sma* occasion of 
my ain, made it unnecessary to promulgate the haill veritie, — I 
say then, as I am a true man, when I saw that puir creatoro 
come through the ha*, at that ordinary, whilk is accurst (Heaven 
forgive me for swearing !) of Grod and man, with his teeth set, 
and his hands clenched, and his bonnet drawn over his brows 
like a desperate man, Goblin said to me, < There goes a dunghill 
chicken, that your master has plucked clean enough ; it will be 
long ere his lordship ruffle a feather with a cock of the game.' 
And so, my lord, to speak it out, the hickeys, and the gallants, 
and more especially your sworn brother. Lord Dalgamo,call you 
the sparrow-hawk. — I had some thought to have cracked Lutin*8 
pate for the speech, but, after a', the controversy was not 
worth it." 

** Do they use such terms of me 1" said Lord Nigel. " Death 
and the devil I" 

** And the devil's dam, my lord," answered Richie ; **they are 
all three busy in London. — And, besides, Lutin and his master 
laughed at you, my lord, for letting it be thought that — I shame 
to speak it — that ye were over well with the wife of the decent 
honest man whose house you have but now left, as not sufficient 
for your new bravery, whereas they said, the licentious scoffers, that 
you pretended to such favour when you had not courage enough 
for so fair a quarrel, and that the sparrow-hawk was too craven- 
crested to fly at the wife of a cheesemonger." — He stopped a 
moment, and looked fixedly in his master's face, which was in- 
flamed with shame and anger, and then proceeded. ** My lord, 
I did you justice in my thought, and myself too ; for, thought I, 
he would have been as deep in that sort of profligacy as in others, 
if it hadna been Richie's four quarters." 

^ What new nonsense have you got to plague me with !" said 
Lord Nigel. ^ But go on, since it is the last time I am to be 
tormented with your impertinence, — go on, and make the most 
of your time." 

^ In troth," said Richie, '^ and so will I even do. And as 
Heaven has bestowed on me a tongue to speak and to 
advise " 

^' Which talent you can by no means be accused of suffering 
to remain idle," said Lord Glenvarloch, interrupting him. 

*' True, my lord," siud Richie, again waving his hand, as if to 
bespeak his master's silence and attention ; '' so, I trust, you 
will think some time hereafter. And, as I am about to leave 
your service, it is proper that ye suld know the truth, that ye 
may consider the snares to which your youth and innocence may 
be exposed, when aulder and doucer heads are withdrawn from 
beside you. — There has been a lusty, good-looking kimmer, of 
some forty, or bygane, making raony speerings about you, my lord." 

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*« At first, my lord," replied his sapient follower, ** as she seemed 
to be a well-fashioned woman, and to take pleasure in sensible com- 
(Mtny, I was no way reluctant to admit her to my conversation." 

" I dare say not," said Lord Nigel ; " nor unwilling to tell her 
about my private affairs." 

" Not 1, truly, my lord," said the attendant ; — •* for, though 
she asked me mony questions about your fame, your fortune. 
Your business here, and such hke, I did not think it proper to tell 
her altogether the truth thereanent." 

^ T see no call on you whatever," said Lord Nigel, ** to tell the 
woman either truth or lies upon what she had nothing to do with." 

^ I thought so too, my lord," replied Richie, ^ and so I told 
her neither." 

'^ And what did you tell her, then, you eternal babbler 1" said 
his master, impatient of his prate, yet curious to know what it 
was all to end in. 

" I told her," said Richie, ** about your warldly fortune, and 
sae forth, something whilk is not truth just at this time; but 
which hath been truth formerly, suld be truth now, and will be 
truth again, — and that was that you were in possession of your 
fiur lands, whilk ye are but in right of as yet Pleasant com- 
muning we had on that and other topics, until she shewed the 
doven foot, beginning to' confer with me aboujt some wench that 
she said had a good will to your lordship, and fain she would 
have spoken with you in particular anenit it ; but when I heard 
of such inklings, I began to suspect she was little better than 

whew I" — Here he concluded his narrative with a low, but 

Yeacy expressive whistle. 

** And what did your wisdom do in these circumstances 1" said 
Lord Nigel, who, notwithstanding his former resentment, could 
now scarcely forbear laughing. . 

** I put on a look, my lord," repHed Richie, bending his solemn 
brows, " that suld give her a heart-scald of walking on such 
errands. I laid her enormities clearly before her, and I 
threatened her, in sae mony words, that I would have her to the 
dacldng-stool ; and she, on the contrair part, misca 'd me for a 
froward northern tyke — and so we parted never to meet again, 
as T hope and trust. And so I stood between your lordship and 
that temptation, which might have been worse than the ordinary, 
or the playhouse either ; since you wot well what Solomon, King 
of the Jews, sayeth of the strange woman — for, said I to my sell, 
we have taken to dicing already, and if we take to drabbing next, 
the Lord kens what we may land in." 

"Your impertinence de8er\-es correction, but it is the last 
which, for a time at least, I shMl have to forgive — and I forgive it," 
said Lord Grlenvarloch ; ** and, since we are to part, Richie, I will 
say no more respecting your precautions on my account, than that 
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«* Mickle better not," answered Richie — **mickle better not; 
we are a' frail creatures, and can judge better for ilk ither than in 
our ain cases. And for me, even myself, saving that case of the 
sifHication, which might have happened to any one, I have always 
observed myself to be much more prudential in what I have done 
in your lordship's behalf, than even in what I have been able to 
transact for my own interest — whilk last, I have, indeed, always 
postponed, as in duty I ought." 

** I do believe thou hast," said Lord Nigel, " having ever found 
thee true and faithful. And since London pleases you so little^ 
T will bid you a short farewell ; and you may go down to Edin- 
burgh until I come thither myself when I trust yon will re-enter 
into my service." 

"Now, Heaven bless yon, my lord," said Richie Moniplies, 
with uplifted eyes ; *' for that word sounds more like grace than 
ony has come out of your mouth this fortnight. — > I give yoa 
godd'en, my lord." 

So saying, he thrust forth his immense bony hand, seized on 
that of Lord Glenvarloch, raised it to his lips, then turned short 
on his heel, and left the room hastily, as if afraid of shewing more 
emotion than was consistent with his ideas of decorum. Lord 
Nigel, rather surprised at his sudden exit, called after him to 
know whether he was sufficiently provided with money ; but 
Richie, shaking his head, without making any other answer, ran 
hastily down stairs, shut the street-door heavily behind him, and 
was presently seen striding along the Strand. 

His master almost involuntarily watched and distingnished the 
tall raw-boned figure of his late follower, from the window, for 
some time, until he was lost among the crowd of passengers. 
Nigel's reflections were not altogether those of self-approval. It 
was no good sign of his course of life, (he could not help acknow- 
ledging this much to himself,) that so faithful an adherent no 
longer seemed to feel the same pride in his service, or attachment 
to his person, which he had formerly manifested. Neither could 
he avoid experiencing some twinges of conscience, while he felt 
in some degree the charges which Richie had preferred against 
him, and experienced a sense of shame and mortification, arising 
from the colour given by others to that, which he himself would 
have called his caution and moderation in play. He had only 
the apology, that it had never occurred to himself in this light. 

Then his pride and self-love suggested, that, on the other hand, 
Richie, with all his good intentions, was little better than a con- 
ceited, pragmatical domestic, who seemed disposed rather toplar 
the tutor than the lackey, and who, out of sheer love, as he alleged, 
to his master's person, assumed the privilege of interfering with, 
and controlling, his actions, besides rendering him ridiculous in 
the gay world, from the antiquated formality, and intrusive pre- 
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sew landlord entering, presented to him a slip of paper, carefully 
bound round with a string of flox silk and sealed — it had been 
given in, he said, by a woman, who did not stop* ah instant. The 
contents harped upon the same string which Richie Moniplies 
had already jarred. The epistle was in the following words : 

** For ihe Right Honourable hands of Lord Glenvarloch, 

" These, from a friend unknown : — 
" My Load, 

^ You are trusting to an anhonest friend, and diminishing an 
honest reputation. An unknown but real friend of your lordship 
will speak in one word what you would not learn from flatterers in 
so many days, as should suffice for your utter ruin. He whom you 
think most true — I say your friend Lord Dalgamo — is utterly 
false to you, and doth but seek, under pretence of worship, to mar 
your fortune, and diminish the good name by which you might 
mend it. The kind countenance which he shews to you, is more 
dangerous than the Prince's frown ; even as to gain at Beaujeu's 
ordmary is more discreditable than to lose. Beware of both. — 
And this is all from your true but nameless friend, ^ Ionoto." 

Lord Glenvarloch paused for an instant, and crushed the paper 
together — then again unfolded and read it with attention — bent 
his brows — mused for a moment, and then tearing it to frag- 
ments, exclaimed — <^ Begone for a vile calmuny ! But I wUl 
watch — I will observe- " 

Thought after thought rushed on hiin ; but, upon the whole, 
liord Glenvarloch was so Uttle satisfied ^th the result of his own 
reflections, that he resolved to dissipate them by a walk in the 
Park, and, taking his cloak and beaver, went thither accordingly. 



CHAPTER XV. 

Twas when fleet Snowball's head was woxen gray, 
A luckless lev'ret met him on his way- — 
Who knows not Snowball — he, whose race renown*d 
Is still victorious on each coursing ground ? 
8wa(fham, Newmarket, and the tloroan camp* 
Have seen them victors o'er each meaner stamp.— 
In vain the youngling sought, with doubling wue, 
The hedge, the hill, the thicket, or the stile. 
Experience nge the lack of speed supplied, 
And in the gap besought, the victim died. 
Bo was I once, in thy £air street, Saint James, 
Through walking cavaliers, and car>bome dames* 
Descried, pursued, tum'd o'er ngain, and o'er, 
Coursed, coted, mouth'd by an unfeeUng bore. 

dec. dec. 4ce. 

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the days of his grandfather, as a public and pleasant promenade ; 
and, for the sake of exercise or pastime, was much frequented by 
the better class. 

Lord Glenvarloch repaired thither to dispel the unpleasant 
reflections which had been suggested by his parting with his 
trusty squire, Richie Moniplies, in a manner which was agreeable 
neither to his pride nor his feelings ; and by the corroboration 
which the hints of his late attendant had received from the anony- 
mous letter mentioned in the end of the last chapter. 

There was a considerable number of company in the Park 
when he entered it, but his present state of mind inducing him to 
avoid society, he kept aloof from the more frequented walks to- 
wards Westminster and Whitehall, and drew to the north, or, as 
we should now say, the Piccadilly verge of the enclosure, believing 
he might there enjoy, or rather combat, his own thoughts unmo- 
lested. • 

In this, however. Lord Glenvarloch was mistaken ; for, as he 
strolled slowly along with his arms folded in his cloak, and his 
hat drawn over his eyes, he was suddenly pounced upon by Sir 
Mungo Malagrowther, who, either shunning or shunned, had 
retreated, or had beefi obliged to retreat, to the same less fre - 
quented comer of the Park. 

Nigel started when he heard the high, sharp, and querulous 
tones of the knight's cracked voice, and w as no less alarmed when 
he beheld his tall thin figure hobbling towards him, wrapped in a 
threadbare cloak, on whose surface ten thoihand varied stains 
eclipsed the original scarlet, and having his head surmounted with 
a well-worn beaver, bearing a black velvet band for a chain, and 
a capon's feather for an ostrich plume. 

Lord Glenvarloch would fain have made his escape, but, as 
our motto intimates, a leveret had as little chance to free herself 
of an experienced grayhound. Sur Mungo, to continue the simile, 
had long ago learned to run cunning, and make sure of mouthing 
his game. So Nigel found himself compelled to stand and answer 
the nackneyed question — " What news to-day V* * 

" Nothing extraordinary, I believe," answered the young noble- 
man, attempting to pass on. 

" Oh, ye ^ ganging to the French ordinary belive,** replied 
the knight ; ** but it is early day yet — we will take a turn in the 
Park in the meanwhile — it will sharpen your appetite." 

So saying, he quietly slipped his arm under Lord Glenvarloch's, 
in spite of all the decent reluctance which his victim could 
exhibit, by keeping his elbow close to his side ; and having furly 
grappled the prize, he proceeded to take it in tow. 

Nigel was sullen and silent, in hopes to shake off his unpleasant 
companion ; but Sir Mungo was determined, that if he did not 
speak, he should at least hear. 

" Ye are bound for the ordinary, ray lord !" said the cynic — 
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peculiarly selected, as I am tauld, being, dootless, sic as it is 
desirable that yoang noblemen should herd withal — and your 
noble father wad have been blithe to see you keeping such wor- 
shipful society." 

" I believe,*' said Lord Glenvarloch, thinking himself obliged to 
say something, *< that the society is as good as generally can be 
found in such places, where the door can scarcely be shut against 
those who come to spend their money/' 

*< Right, my lord — vera right," said his tormentor, bursting 
out into a chuckling, but most discordant laugh. '* These citizen 
chuffs and clowns will press in amongst us, when there is but an 
inch of a door open. And what remedy ? — Just e'en this, that 
as their cash gives them confidence, we should strip them of it. 
Flay them, my lord — singe them as the kitchen wench does the 
rats, and then they winna long to come back again. — Ay, ay — 
pluck them, plume them — and then the larded capons will not 
be for flying so high a wing, my lord, among the goss-hawks and 
sparrow-hawks, and the like." 

And, therewithal. Sir Mungo fixed on Nigel his quick, sharp, 
gray eye, watching the effect of his sarcasm as keenly as the 
surgeon, in a delicate operation, remarks the progress of his ana- 
tomical scalpel. 

Nigel, however willing to conceal his sensations, could not 
avoid gratifying his tormentor by wincing under the operation. 
He coloured with vexation and anger ; but a quarrel with Sir 
Mungo Malagrowther would, he felt, be unutterably ridiculous ; 
and he only muttered to himself the words, ^ Impertinent cox- 
comb !" which, on this occasion, Sir Mungo's imperfection of 
organ did not prevent him from hearing and replying to. 

"Ay, ay — vera true," exclaimed the caustic old courtier — 
^ Impertinent coxcombs they are, that thus intrude themselves 
on the society of their betters ; but your lordship kens how to gar 
them as gude — ye have the trick on 't — They had a braw sport 
in the presence last Friday, how ye suld have routed a young 
shopkeeper, horse and foot, ta'en his tpolia opima, aud a' the 
specie he had about him, down to the very silver buttons of his 
cloak, and sent him to graze with Nebuchadnezzar, King of 
Babylon. Muckle honour redounded to your lordship thereby. — 
We were tauld the loon threw himsell into the Thames in a fit of 
desperation. There's enow of them behind — there was mair 
tint on Flodden-edge." 

" You have been told a budget of lies, so far as I am concerned^ 
Sir Mungo," said Nigel, speaking loud and sternly. 

"Vera likely — vera hkely," said the unabashed and undis- 
mayed Sir Mungo; "naething but lies are current in the circle. — 
So the chield is not drowned, then? — the mair's the pity. — But 
I never believed that part of tiie story — a London dealer has 
mair wit in his anger. I dare swear the lad has a bonny broom- 
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2ue6t after rosty nails, to help him to hegin his pack again. — 
[e has three bairns, they say ; they will help hun bravely to 
grope in the gutters. Your good lordship may have the ruining 
of him again, my Lord, if they have any luck in strand-econr* 
ing." 

^ This is more than intolerable,*' said Nigel, uncertain whether 
to make an angry vindication of his character, or to fling the old 
tormentor from his arm. But an instant's recollection convinced 
him, that, to do either, would only give an air of truth and con- 
sistency to the scandals which he began to gee were affecting bis 
character, both in the higher and lower circles. Hastily, there*- 
fore, he formed the wiser resolution, to endure Sir Mungo's 
studied impertinence, under the hope of ascertaining, if possible^ 
from what source tiiose reports arose which were so prejudicial to 
his reputation. 

Sir Mungo, in the meanwhile, caught up, as usual, Nigel's lAst 
words, or rather the sound of them, and amplified and interpreted 
them in his own way. " Tolerable luck I' he repeated ; ** yes, 
truly, my lord, I am told that you have tolerable luck, and that 
ye ken weel how to use that jilting quean, Dame Fortune, like a 
canny douce lad, willing to warm yourself in her smiles, without 
exposing yourself to her frowns. And that is what I ca' having 
luck in a bag." 

<' Sir Mungo Malagrowther," said Lord Glenvarloch, turning 
towards him seriously, ^ have the goodness to hear me for a 
moment." 

" As weel as I can, my lord — as weel as I can," said Sip 
Mungo, shaking his head, and pointing the finger of his left hand 
to his ear. 

** I will try to speak very distinctly," said Nigel, arming him- 
self with patience. ** You take me for a noted gamester ; I give 
you my word that you have not been rightly informed — I am 
none such. You owe me some explanation, at least, respecting 
the source from which you have derived such false information.'* 

** I never heard ye were a great gamester, and never thought 
or said you were such, my lord," said Sir Mungo, who found it 
impossible to avoid hearing what Nigel said with peculiarly deli* 
berate and distinct pronunciation. " I repeat it — I never heard, 
said, or thought, that you were a ruffling gamester, — such as 
they call those of the first head. — Look you, my lord, I call Aim 
a gamester, that plays with equal stakes and equal skill, and 
stands by the fortune of the game, good or bad ; and I call him 
a ruffling gamester, or ane of the first head, who ventures finmkly 
and deeply upon such a wager. But he, my lord, who has the 
patience and prudence never to venture beyond small game, such 
as, at most, might crack the Christmas-box of a grocer's 'prentice, 
who vies with those that have littie to hazard, and who therefore, 
having the larger stock, can always rook them by waiting for his 
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•—such a one an he, my lord, 1 do not call a gtt<U gamester, to 
whatever other name he may be entitled.'* 

" And such a mean-spirited, sordid wretch, you would infin 
that I am/' replied Lord Glenvarloch ; <' one who fears the skil- 
ful, and preys upon the ignorant — who avoids playing with his 
equals, lliat he may make sure of pillaging his inferi<M»1-*— Is 
this what I am to understand has been reported of met" 

^ Nay, my lord, you will gain nought by speaking big with 
me," said Sir Mungo, who, besides that his* sarcastic humour 
was really supported by a good fund of animal courage, had also 
full reliance on the immunitits which he had deriv^ from the 
broadsword of Sir Rullion Rattray, and the baton of the satel- 
lites employed by the Lady Cockpen. ^ And for the truth of the 
matter," he continued, *^ your lordship best knows whether you 
ever lost more than five pieces at a time since you frequented 
Beaujeu's — ^whether you have not most commonly risen a winner 
— and whether the braVe young gallants who frequent the ordi- 
nary — 1 mean those of noble rank, and means conforming ^- are 
in use to play upon these terms V* 

^ Mv father was right," said Lord Glenvarloch, in the bitter- 
ness of his spirit ; " and his curse justly followed me when I first 
entered that place. There is contamination in the air, and he 
whose fortune avoids ruin, shall be blighted in his honour and 
reputation." 

Sir Mungo, who watched his victim with the delighted yet wary 
eye of an experienced angler, became now aware, that if he 
strained the line on him too tightly, there was every risk of his 
brealdng hold. In order to give him room, therefore, to play, 
he protested that Lord Glenvarloch ^ should not take his free 
speech in mcUam partem. If you were a trifle ower sicker 
in your amusement, my lord, it canna be denied that it is the 
safest course to prevent farther endangerment of your somewhat 
dilapidated fortunes ; and if ye play with your inferiors, ye are 
relieved of the pain of pouching the siller of your friends and 
equals ; forbye, that the plebeian knaves have had the advantage^ 
tecum eert&ae, as Ajax Telamon sayeth, apud Metamorphateot ; 
and for the Uke of them to have played with ane Scottish noble* 
man, is an honest and honourable consideration to compensate 
the loss of their stake, whilk, I dare say, moreover, maist of tho 
churls can weel afford." 

<* Be that as it may, Sir Mungo," said Nigel, ^ I would &in 
know " 

" Ay, ay," interrupted Sir Mungo ; ** and, as you say, who cares 
whether the fat bulls of Bashan can spare it or no 1 gentlemen 
are not to limit their sport for the like of them." 

^I wish to know. Sir Mungo," said Lord Glenvarloch, '<ia 
what company you have learned these offensive particulars 
respecting me V* 

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beard, and I have erer reported, that your lordship kept the best 
cf company in a private way. — There is the fine Countess of 
Blackchester, but I think she stirs not much abroad since her 
affair with his Grace of Buckingham ; and there is the gude auld- 
ffushioned Scottish nobleman, Lord Huntinglen, an undeniable 
man of quality — it is pity but he could keep caup and can frae 
his head, whilk now and then doth minish his reputation. And 
there is the gay young Lord Dalgamo, that carries the craft of 
gray hairs under his curled love-locks — a fair race they are, 
uther, daughter, and son, all of the same honourable family. I 
think we needna speak of George Heriot, honest man, when we 
have nobility in question. So ^t is the company I hiave heard 
of your keeping, my lord, out-taken those of the ordinary." 

** My company has not, indeed, been much more extended than 
amongst those you mention,'' said Lord Glenvarloch; ^but in 
abort *' 

'' To Ck>urt !" said Sir Mungo, '< that was just what I was 
going to say — Lord Dalgamo says he cannot prevail on ye to 
come to Coiurt, and that does ye prejudice, my lord — the King 
hears of you by others, when he should see you in person — I 
speak in serious friendship, my lord. His Majesty, when you 
were named in the circle short while since, was heard to say, 
*Jaeta est cdea! — Glenvarlochides is turned dicer and drinker.* 
— My Lord Dalgamo took your part, and it was e'en borne down 
by the popular voice of the courtiers, who spoke of you as one 
who had betaken yourself to living a town life, and risking your 
baron's coronet amongst the flatcaps of the city." 

^ And this was pubUcly spoken of me," said Nigel, ** and in the 
King's presence 1" 

"Spoken openly 1" repeated Sir Mungo Mahtgrowther ; •'ay, 
by my troth was it — that is to say, it was whispered privately — 
whilk is as open promulgation as the thing permitted ; for ye may 
think the Ck>urt is not like a place where men are as sib as Sinmiie 
and his brother, and roar out their minds as if they were at an 
ordinary." 

^ A curse on the Court and the ordinary both !" cried Nigel, 
impatiently. 

« With aU my heart," said the knight, *« I have got little by a 
knight's service in the Court; and the last time I was at the 
ordinary, I lost four angels." 

" May T pray of you. Sir Mungo, to let me know," said Nigel, 
*< the names of those who tbus make free with the character of 
one who can be but little known to them, and who never injured 
any of them 1" 

'' Have I not told you already," answered Sir Mungo, •' that 
the Kins said something to that effect — so did tbe Prince too ; — 
and such being the case, ye Inay take it on your corporal oath, 
that every man in the circle who was not silent, sung the same 
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* You said but now/' replied Glenyarloch, ^ that Lord Dalgamo 
interfered in my behalf." 

^ In good troth did he" answered Sir Mungo, with a sneer ; 
** bat the yonng nobleman was soon borne down — by token, he 
had something of a catarrh, and spoke as hoarse as a roopit raren. 
Poor gentleman, if he had had his full extent of voice, he would hare 
been as well listened to, dootless, as in a cause of his ain, whilk no 
man kens better how to plead to purpose. — And let me ask you, 
by the way," continued Sir Mungo, " whether Lord Dalgamo has 
ever introduced your lordship to the Prince or the Duke of Buck- 
ingham, either of whom might soon carry through your suit V* 

** I have no claim on the favour of either 3ie Prince or the 
Duke of Buckingham," said Lord Glenvarloch. — ** As you seem 
to have made my affairs your study, Sir Mungo, although per- 
haps something unnecessarily, you may have heard that I have 
petitioned my Sovereign for payment of a debt due to my family. 
I cannot doubt the King's desire to do justice, nor can T in 
decency employ the solicitation of his Highness the Prince, or his 
Grace the Duke of Buckingham, to obtun from his Majesty what 
either should be granted me as a right, or refused altogether." 

Sir Mungo twisted his whimsical features into one of his most 
grotesque sneers, as he replied — 

<< It is a vera clear and parspicuous position of the case, my 
lord ; and in relying thereupon, ySu shew an absolute and unim- 
provable acquaint^ce with the King, Court, and mankind in 
general. — But whom have we got here ? — Stand up, my lord, 
and make way — by my word of honour, they are the very men 
we spoke of — talk of the devil, and — humph !" 

It must be here premised, that, during the conversation. Lord 
Glenvarloch, perhaps in the hope of shaking himself free of Sir 
Mungo, had directed their walk towards the more frequented 
part of the Park ; while the good knight had stuck to him, being 
totally indifferent which way they went, provided he could keep 
his tsdoBB clutched upon his companion. They were still, how- 
ever, at some distance from the livelier part of the scene, when 
Sir Mungo's experienced eye noticed the appearances which 
occasioned the latter part of his speech to Lord Glenvarloch. 

A low respectful murmur arose among the numerous groups of 
persons which occupied the lower part of the Park. They first 
clustered together, with their faces turned towards Whitehall, 
then fell back on either hand to give place to a splendid party of 
gallants, who, advancing from the Palace, came onward through 
the Park ; all the other company drawing off the pathway, and 
standing uncovered as they passed. 

Most of these courtly gallants were dressed in the garb which 
the pencil of Vandyke iu^ made familiar even at the distance of 
nearly two centuries ; and which wa^ just at this period beginning 
to supersede the more fluttering and frivolous dress which had 
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The whole train were uncovered excepting the Prince of Wales, 
afterwards the most unfortunate of British monarchs, who came 
onward, having his long curled auburn tresses, and his counte- 
nance, which, even in early youth, bore a shade of anticipated 
melancholy, shaded by the Spanish hat and the nngle ostrich 
feather which drooped from it On his right hand was Bucking- 
ham, whose commanding, and at the same time graceful, deport- 
ment, threw almost into shade the personal demeanour and 
majesty of the Prince on whom he attended. The eye, move- 
ments, and gestures, of the great courtier, were so composed, so 
regularly observant of all etiquette belonging to his situation, as 
to form a marked and strong contrast with the forward gaiety 
and frivolity by which he recommended himself to the favour of 
his *' dear dad and gossip/' King James. A singular fate attended 
this accomplished courtier, in being at once the reigning favourite 
of a father and son so very opposite in manners, that, to ingra- 
tiate hunself with the youthful Prince, he was obliged to compress 
within the strictest limits of respectful observance the frolicsome 
and free humour which captivated his aged father. 

It is true, Buckingham well knew tiie different dispositiona 
both of James and Cluu-les, and had no difficulty in so conducting 
himself as to maintain the highest post in the favour of both. It 
has indeed been supposed, as we before hinted, that the Duke, 
when he had completely posstssed himself of the affections of 
Charles, retained his hold in those of the father only by the 
tyranny of custom ; and that James, could he have brought him- 
self to form a vigorous resolution, was, in the latter years of his 
life especially, not unlikely to have discarded Buckingham from 
his counsels and favour. . But if ever the King indeed meditated 
such a change, he was too timid, and too much accustomed to the 
influen<% which the Duke had long exercised ever him, to sunmum 
up resolution enough for effecting such a purpose; and at all 
events it is certain, that Buckingham, though surviving the mas- 
ter by whom he was nused, had the rare chance to experience 
no wane of the most splendid court favour during two reigns, 
until it was at once eclipsed in his blood by the dagger of his 
assassin Felton. 

To return from this digression : The Prince, with his train, 
advanced, and were near &e place where Lord Glenvarloch and 
Sir Mungo had stood aside, according to form, in order to give 
the Prince passage, and to pay the usual marks of respect. Nigel 
could now remark that Lord Dalgamo walked close behind tiie 
Duke of Buckingham, and, as he bought, whispered something 
in his ear as they came onward. At any rate, lK>th the Prince's 
and Duke of Buckingham's attention seemed to be directed by 
some circumstance towu*ds Nigel, for they turned their heads in 
that direction and looked at him attentively — the Prince with a 
countenance, the grave, melancholy expression of which was 
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degree of scornful triumph. Lord Dalgamo did not seem to 
observe his friend, perhaps because the sunbeams fell from the 
side of the walk on which Nigel stood, obliging Malcolm to hold 
up his hat to screen his eyes. 

As the Prince passed, Lord Glenvarloch and Sir Mungo bowed, 
as respect required ; and the Prince, returning their obeisance 
with that grave ceremony which paid to every rank its due, but 
not a tittle beyond it, signed to Sir Mungo to come forward. 
Commencing an apology for his lameness as he started, which he 
had just completed as his hobbling gait brought him up to the 
Prince, Sir Mungo lent an attentive, and, as it seemed, an intelli- 
gent ear, to questions, asked in a tone so low, that the knight 
would certainly have been deaf to them had they been put to 
him by any one under the rank of Prince of Wales. After about 
a minute's conversation, the Prince bestowed on Nigel the embar- 
rassing notice of another fixed look, touched his hat slightly to 
Sir' Mungo, and walked on. 

<' It is even as I suspected, my lord," said Sir Mungo, with an 
air which he designed to be melancholy and sympathetic, but 
which, in fact, resembled the grin of an ape when he has mouthed 
a scalding chestnut — '< Ye have back-friends, my lord, that is, 
unfriends — or, to be plain, enemies — about the peiBon of the 
Prince." 

^ I am sorry to hear it," said Nigel ; ^ but I would I knew 
what they accuse me of." 

" Ye shall hear, my lord," sud Sir Mungo, " the Prince's vera 
words — * Sir Mungo,' said he, ^ I rejoice to see you, and am glad 
your rheumatic troubles permit you to come hither for exercise.* 
— I bowed, as in duty bound — ye might remark, my lord, that I 
did so, whilk formed the first branch of our conversation. — His 
Highness then demanded of me, < if he with whom I stood, was 
the young Lord Glenvarloch.' I answered, * that you were such, 
for his Highness's service;' whilk was the second branch. — 
Thirdly, his Highness, resuming the argument, said, that ' truly 
he had been told so,' (meaning that he had been told you were 
that personage,) ' but that he could not believe, that the heb of 
that noble and decayed house could be leading an idle, scanda- 
lous, and precarious life, in the eating-houses and taverns of 
London, while the King's drums were beating, and colours flying 
in Germany in the cause of the Palatine, his sou-in-law.' — I 
could, your lordship is aware, do nothing but make an obeisance; 
and a gracious * Give ye good^day, Sir Mungo Malagrowther,' 
licensed me to fall back to your lordship. And now, my lord, if 
your business or pleasure calls you to the ordinary, or any where 
in the direction of the city — why, have with you ; for, dootlesa, 
ye will think ye have tarried lang enough in the Park, as they 
will likely turn at the head of the walk, and return this way — 
and you have a broad hint, I think, not to eroas the Prince'i 
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" Ton may stay or go as you please, Sir Mungo," said Nigel^ 
with an expresdon of calm, but deep resentment ; ** but, for my 
own part, my resolution is taken. I will quit this public walk 
for pleasure of no man — still less will I quit it like one unworthy 
to be seen in places of public resort I trust that the Prince 
and his retinue will return this way as you expect ; for I will 
abide, Sir Mungo, and beard them." 

•* Beard them!" exclaimed Sir Mungo, in the extremity of 
surprise, — "Beard the Prince of Wales — the heir-apparent of 
the kingdoms ! — By my saul, you shall beard him yoursell then." 

Accordingly, he was about to leave Nigel very hastily, when 
some unwonted touch of good-natured interest in his youth and 
inexperience, seemed suddenly to soften his habitual cynicism. 

" The devil is in me for an auld fuie !" said Sir Mungo ; ** but 
I must needs concern mysell — I that owe so little either to for- 
tune or my fellow-creatures, must, I say, needs concern mysell — 
with this springald, whom I will warrant to be as obstinate as a 
pig possessed with a devil, for it 's the cast of his family ; and 
yet I maun e*en fling away some sound advice on him. — My 
dainty young Lord Glenvarloch, understand me distinctly, for 
this is no bairn's play. When the prince said sae much to me 
as I have repeated to you, it was equivalent to a command not 
to appear again in his presence ; wherefore, take an auld man's 
advice that wishes you weel, and maybe a wee thing better than 
he has reason to wish ony body. Jouk, and let the jaw gae by, 
like -a canny bairn — gang hame to your lodgings, keep your foot 
frae taverns, and your fingers frae the dice-box ; compound your 
affairs quietly wi' some ane that has better favour than yours 
about Court, and you will get a round spell of money to carry 
you to Germany, or elsewhere, to push your fortune. It was a 
fortunate soldier that made your family four or five hundred 
years syne, and, if you are brave and fortunate, you may find 
the way to repair it. But, take my word for it, that in this 
Court you will never thrive." 

When Sir Mungo had completed his exhortation, in which 
there was more of sincere sympathy with anotlier's situation, 
than he had been heretofore known to express in behalf of any 
one. Lord Glenvarloch replied, *' I am obliged to you. Sir Mungo 
— you have spoken, I think, with sincerity, and I thank you. 
But in return for your good advice, I heartily entreat you to 
leave me ; I observe the Prince and his train are returning down 
the walk, and you may prejudice yourself, but cannot help me, 
by remaining with me." 

" And that is true," said Sir Mungo ; " yet, were I ten yean 
younger, I would be tempted to stand by you, and gie them the 
meeting. But at threescore and upward, men's courage turns 
cauldrife ; and they that canna win a living, must not endanger 
the small sustenance of their age. I wish you weel through, my 
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away ; often looking back, however, as if his natural spiiity even 
in its present subdued state, aided by his love of contradiction 
and of debate, rendered him unwilling to adopt the course neces- 
sary for his own security. 

Thus abandoned by his companion, whose departure he graced 
with better thoughts of him than those which he bestowed on his 
appearance, Nigel remained with his arms folded, and reclining 
against a solitary tree which overhung the path, making up his 
mind to encounter a moment which he expected to be critical of 
his fate. But he was mistaken in supposing that the Prince of 
Wales would either address him, or admit him to expostulation, 
in such a public place as the Park. He did not remain unno- 
ticed, however, for, when he made a respectful but haughty 
obeisance, intimating in look and manner that he was possessed 
of, and undaunted by, the unfavourable opinion which the Prince 
had so lately expressed, Charles returned his reverence witii 
such a frown, as is only given by those whose frown is authority 
and decision. The train passed on, the Duke of Buckingham 
not even appearing to see Lord Glenvarloch ; while Lord Dal- 
gamo, though no longer incommoded by the sunbeams, kept his 
eyes, which had perhaps been dazzled by their former splendour, 
bent upon the ground. 

Lord Glenvarloch had difficulty to restrain an indignation, to 
which, in the circumstances, it would have been madness to have 
given vent. He started from his reclining posture, and followed 
Sie Prince's train so as to keep them distinctly in sight ; which 
was very easy, as they walked slowly. Nigel observed them 
keep their road towards the Palace, where the Prince turned at 
the gate and bowed to the noblemen in attendance, in token of 
dismissing them, and entered the Palace, accompanied only by 
the Duke of Buckingham, and one or two of his equerries. The 
rest of the train, having returned in all dutiful humiUty the fare- 
well of the Prince, began to disperse themselves tlurough the 
Park. 

All this was carefully noticed by Lord Glenvarloch, who^as he 
adjusted his doak, and drew his sword-belt round so as to bring 
the hilt closer to his hand, muttered — ** Dalgamo shall explain 
all this to me, for it is evident that he is in the secret I" 



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CHAPTER XVI. 

CHt« way— give way —I most and will haveJiMttoe. 

And ten me not of raivilege and place ; 

Where I am injured, there I Ml sue redress. 

Look to it, every one who bars my access ; 

I have a heart to feel the iniury, 

A hand to right myself, and, by my honour. 

That band shall graq> what gray*beard Law denies me. 

The Chambeiiatn. 

It waa not long ere Nigel discovered Lord Dalgamo adTano- 
ing towards him in the company of another young man of quality 
of the Prince's train ; and as they directed their coarse towards 
the south-eastern comer of the Park, he concluded they were about 
to go to Lord Huntingien's. They stopped, however, and turned 
up another path leading to the north ; and Lord Glenvarloch 
conceived that this change of direction was owing to their having 
seen him, and their desire to avoid him. 

Nigel followed them without hesitation by a path which, wind- 
ing around a thicket of shrubs and trees, once more conducted 
him to the less frequented part of the Park; He observed which 
side of the thicket was taken by Lord Dalgamo and his companion, 
and he himself, walking hastily round the other verge, was thus 
enabled to meet them Sice to face. 

'* Good-morrow, my Lord Dalgamo," said Lord Glenvarloch, 
Btemly. 

** Ha ! my friend Nigel," answered Lord Dalgamo, in his 
usual careless and indifferent tone, ** my friend Nigel, with busi- 
ness on his brow ? — but you must wait till we meet at Beaujeu*s 
at noon — Sir Ewes Haldunund and I are at present engaged in 
the Prince's service." 

" If you were engaged in the King's, my lord," said Lord Glen- 
varloch, " you must stand and answer me." 

** Hey-day !" said Lord Dalgamo, with an air of ^reat asto- 
nishment, *^ what passion is this ! Why, Nigel, this is King 
Cambyses' vein ! — You have frequented the theatres too mud) 
lately — Away with this folly, man ; go, dine upon soup and 
salad, drink succory-water to cool your blood, go to bed at sun- 
down, and defy those foul fiends, Wrath and Misconstruction." 

^ I have had misconstruction enough among you," said Glen- 
varloch in the same tone of determined displeasure, ^ and from 
you, my Lor(^ Dalgamo, in particular, and lUl under the mask of 
frienddiip." 

" Here is a proper business !" said Dalgamo, taming as if to 
appeal to Sir Ewes Haldimund ; " do you see this angry ru£Ber, 
Sir Ewes 1 A month since, he dared not have looked one of 
yonder sheep in the face, and now he is a prince of roisterers, a 
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gratitude for my having shewn him the way to the emiueut 
character which he holds upon town, he comes hither to quarrel 
with his best friend, if not liis only one of decent station." 

<* I renounce such hollow fri^idship, my lord," said Lord 
Glenvarloch ; ^ I disclaim the character which, even to my very 
face, you labour to fix upon me, and ere we part I will call you 
to a reckoning for it." 

" My lords both," interrupted Sir Ewes Haldimund, " let me 
remind you that the Royal Park is no place to quarrel in." 

*^ I wOl make my quarrel good," said Nigel, who did not know, 
or in his passion might not have recollected, the privileges of the 
place, ** wherever 1 find my enemy." 

** You shall find quarrelling enough," replied Lord Dalgamo, 
calmly, ^ so soon as you assign a sufficient cause for it. Sir Ewes 
Haldimund, who knows the court, will warrant you that I am not 
backward on such occasions. — But of what is it that you now 
complain, after having experienced nothing save kindness from 
me and my family 1" 

^ Of your &mily I complain not," replied Lord Glenvarloch ; 
^ they have done for me all they could, more, far more, than I 
could have expected ; but you, my lord, have suffered me, while 
you called me your &iend, to be traduced, where a word of your 
mouth would have placed my character in its true colours — and 
hence the injurious message which I just now received from the 
Prince of Wales. To permit the misrepresentation of a Mend, 
my lord, is to share in the slander." 

** You have been misinformed, my Lord Glenvarloch," said Sir 
£wee Haldimund ; ** I have myself often heard Lord Dalgamo 
defend your character, and regret that your exclusive attachment 
to the pleasures of a London life prevented your paying your 
duty regularly to the King and Prince." 

'<Wlule he himself," said Lord Glenvarloch, ^dissuaded me 
from presenting myself at Court." 

<' I will cut this matter short," sud Lord Dalgamo, with haughty 
coldness. " You seem to have conceived, my lord, that you and 
I were Pylades and Orestes — a second edition of Damon and 
Pythias — Theseus and PirithoUs at the least. You are mistaken, 
and have given the name of Friendship to what, on my part, was 
mere^ood-nature and compassion for a raw and ignorant country- 
man, joined to the cumbersome charge which my fatlier gave me 
respecting you. Your character, my lord, is of no one's drawing, 
but of your own making. I introduced you where, as in all sudi 
places, there was good and indifferent company to be met with — 
your habits, or taste, made you prefer the worse. Your holy 
liorror at the sight of dice and cards degenerated into the cautious 
resolution to play only at those times, aud wiUi such persons, as 
might ensure you rising a winner — no man can long do so, and 
continue to be held a gentleman. Such is the reputation you have 
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not contradict in society what yourself know to be true. Let at 
pass on, my lord ; and if you want farther explanation, seek some 
other time and fitter place." 

** No time can be better than the present," said Lord Glenvar- 
loch, whose resentment was now excited to the uttermost by the 
cold-blooded and insulting manner, in which Dalgamo vindicated 
himself, — ^ no place fitter than the place whei^ we now stand* 
Those of my house have ever avenged insult at the moment, and 
on the spot, where it was offered, were it at the foot of the throne. 
— Lord Dalgamo, you are a villain ! draw and defend yourself." 
At the same time he unsheathed his rapier. 

^* Are you mad ?" said Lord Dalgamo, stepping back ; ^ we are 
in the precincts of the Court !" 

** The better," answered Lord Glenvarloch ; " I will cleanse 
them from a calumniator and a coward." He then pressed on 
Lord Dalgamo, and struck him with the flat of the sword. 

The fray had now attracted attention, and the cry went romid> 
** Keep the peace — keep the peace — swords drawn in the Park I 
— What, ho ! guards ! — keepers— yeomen rangers !" and a number 
of people came rushing to the spot from all sides. 

Lord Dalgamo, who had half drawn his sword on receiving the 
blow, returned it to his scabbard when he observed the (^wd 
thicken, and, taking Sir Ewes Haldimund by the arm, walked 
hastily away, only saying to Lord Glenvarloch as they left him, 
** You shall dearly abye this insult — we will meet again." 

A decent-looking elderly man, who observed that Lord Glen- 
varloclf remained on the spot, taking compassion on his youthful 
appearance, said to him, ** Are you aware this is a Star-Chamber 
business, young gentleman, and that it may cost you your right 
hand ! — Shift for yourself before the keepers or constables come 
up — Get into Whitefriars or somewhere, for sanctuary and con- 
cealment, till you can make friends or quit the city." 

The advice was not to be neglected. Lord Glenvarioch made 
hastily towards the issue from the Park by Saint James's Palace, 
then Saint James's Hospital. The hubbub increased behind him ; 
and several peace-officers of the Royal Jlousehold came up to ap- 
prehend the deUnquent. Fortunately for Nigel, a popular edition of 
the cause of the affray had gone abroad. It was said that pne of 
the Duke of Buckingham's companions had insulted a stranger 
I gentleman from the country, and that the stranger had cudgelled 
him soundly. A favourite, or the companion of a favourite, is 
always odious to John Bull, who has, brides, a partiality to those 
disputants who proceed, as lawyers term it, par wye dnfaii, and 
both prejudices were in Nigel's favour. The officers, therefore, 
who came to apprehend lum, could leam from the spectat(H?s 
no particulars of his appearance, or information concerning the 
road he had taken ; so that, for tUe moment, he escaped being 
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•long, was sufficient to satisfy him, that in, his impatient passion 
he had placed himself in a predicament of considerable djuiger. 
He was no stranger to the severe and arbitrary proceedings of 
the Court of Star-Chamber, especially in cases of breach of privi- 
lege, which made it the terror of all men ; and it was no farther 
back than the Queen's time that the punislunent of mutilation had 
been actually awarded and executed, for some offence of the same 
kind which he had just conmiitted. He had also the comfortable 
reflection, that, by his violent quarrel with Lord Dalgarno, he 
must now forfeit the friendship and good offices of that noble- 
man's father and sister, almost the only persons of consideration 
in whom he could claim any interest ; while all the evil reports 
which had been put in circulation concerning his character, were 
certain to weigh heavily against him, in a case where much must 
necessarily depend on tiie reputation of the accused. To a youth- 
ful imagination, the idea of such a punishment as mutilation 
seems more ghastly than death itself: and every word which 
he overheard among the groups which he met, mingled with, or 
overtook and passed, announced this as the penalty of his offence. 
He dreaded to increase his pace for fear of attracting suspicion, 
and more than once saw the ranger's officers so near him, that 
his wrist tingled as if already under the blade of the dismember- 
ing knife. At length he got out of the Park, and had a Uttle 
more leisure to consider what he was next .to do. 

Whitefnars, adjacent to the Temple, then well known by the 
cant name of Alsatia, had at this time, and for nearly a century 
afterwards, the privilege of a sanctuary, unless against the writ 
of the Lord Chief Justice, or of the Lords of the Privy-Council. 
Indeed, as the place abounded with desperadoes of every de- 
scription, — bankrupt citizens, ruined gamesters, irreclaimable 
prodigals, desperate duellists, bravoes, homicides, and debauched 
profligates of every description, all leagued together to maintain 
the immunities of their asylum, — it was botii difficult and 
unsafe for the officers of the law to execute warrants, emanating 
even from the highest authority, amongst men whose safety was 
inconsistent with warrants or authority of any kind. This Lord 
Glenvarloch well knew ; and odious iub the place of refuge was, it 
seemed the only one where, for a space at least, he might be con- 
cealed and secure from the immediate grasp of the law, until he 
should have leisure to provide better for his safety, or to get this 
unpleasant matter in some shape acconunodated. 

Meanwhile, as Nigel walked hastily forward towards the place 
of sanctuary, he bitterly blamed himself for suffering Lord Dal- 
garno ,to lead him into the haunts of dissipation ; and no less 
accused his intemperate heat of passion, which now had driven 
him for refuge into the purlieus of profane and avowed vice and 
debauchery. 

^Dalgarno spoke but too truly in that," were his bitter 
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his insidious counsels, and neglecting the wholesome admouhioiB 
which ought to have claimed implicit obedience from me, and 
which recommended abstinence even from tlie slightest approach 
to evil. But if I escape from the perilous labyrinth in which 
folly and inexperience, as well as violent passions, have involved 
me, I will find some noble way of redeeming the lustre of a name 
which was never sulHed until I bore it." 

As Lord Glenvarloch formed these prudent resolofions, he 
entered the Temple Walks, whence a gate at that time opened 
into Whitefriars, by which, as by the more private passage, he 
proposed to betake himself to the sanctuary. As he approached 
the entrance to that den of infamy, from which his mind recoiled 
even while in the act of taking shelter there, his pace slackened, 
while the steep and broken stairs reminded him of the faeilis 
deaeensus Avemi, and rendered him doubtful whether it were not 
better to brave the worst which could befall him in the pabUc 
haunts of honourable men, than to evade punishment by sedu- 
ding himself in those of avowed vice and profligacy. 

As Nigel hesitated, a young gentleman of the Temple advanced 
towards him, whom he had often seen, and sometimes conversed 
with, at the ordinary, where he was a frequent and welcome 
guest, being a wild young gallant, indifferently well provided 
with money, who spent at the theatres and other gay places of , 
public resort, the time which his father supposed he was employing 
in the study of the law. But Reginald Lowestoffe, sudi was the 
young Templar's name, was of opinion that Uttle law was neces- 
sary to enable him to spend the revenues of the paternal acres 
which were to devolve upon him at his father's demise, and 
therefore gave himself no trouble to acquire more of that science 
than might be imbibed along with the learned air of the region 
in which he had his chambers. In other respects, he was one of 
the wits of the place, read Qvid and Martial, aimed at quick 
repartee and pun, (often very far fetched,) danced, fenced, played 
at tenuis, and performed sundry tunes on the fiddle and French 
horn, to the great annoyance of old Counsellor Barratter, who 
lived in the chambers immediately below him. Such was Regi- 
nald Lowestoffe, shrewd, alert, and well acquainted with ue 
town through all its recesses, but in a sort of disrespectable way. 
This gallant, now approaching the Lord' Glenvarloch, sainted 
him by name and title, and asked if his lordship designed for the 
Chevalier's this day, observing it was near noon, and the wood- 
cock would be on the board ere they could reach the ordinary. 

** I do not go there to-day," answered Lord Glenvarloeh. 

" Which way, then, my lord 1" said the yotmg Templar, who 
was perhaps not undesirous to parade a part at least of the street 
in company with a lord, though but a Scottish one. 

"I — I — " said Nigel, desiring to avail himself of this yonng 
man's local knowledge, yet unwilhnz and a^iamed to acknowledge 
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describe the situation in which he stood — '* I have some curiosity 
to see Whitefriars." 

'^ What ! your lordship is for a frolic into Alsatia V* said Lowe- 
stoffe — "Have with you, my lord — you cannot have a better 
guide to the infernal regions than myself. I promise you there 
are bona-robas to be found there — good wine too, ay, and good 
fellows to drink it with, though somewhat suffering under the 
frowns of Fortune. But your lordship will pardon me — you are 
the last of our acquaintance to whom I would have proposed such 
a voyage of discovery." 

" I am obliged to you, Master Lowestoffe, for the good opinion 
you have expressed in the observation," said Lord Glenvarloch ; 
*' but my present circumstances may render even a residence of 
a day or two in the sanctuary a matter of necessity." 

** Indeed !" said Lowestoffe, in a tone of great surprise ; " I 
thought your lordship had always taken cave not to risk any con- 
siderable stake — I beg pardon, but if the bones have proved 
perfidious, I know just so much law as that a peer's person is 
sacred from arrest ; and for mere impecuniosity, my lord, better 
shift can be made elsewhere than in Whitefriars, where all are 
devouring each other for very poverty." 

" My misfortune has no connection with want of money," said 
Nigel. 

"Why, tiien, I suppose," said Lowestoffe, "you have been 
tilting^ my lord, and have pinked your man ; in which case, and 
with a purse reasonably furnished, you may lie perdu in White- 
friars for a twelvemonth — Marry, but you must be entered and 
received as a member of their worshipful society, my lord, and a 
frank burgher of Alsatia — so far you must condescend; there 
will be neither peace nor safety for you else." 

" My fault is not in a degree so deadly. Master Lowestoffe," 
answered Lord Glenvarloch, "as you seem to conjecture — I have 
stricken a gentleman in the Park, that is all." 

" By my hand, my lord, and you had better have struck your 
sword through him at Barns Elms," said the Templar. " Strike 
within the verge of the Court! You will find that a weighty 
dependance upon your hands, especially if your party be of rank 
and have favour." 

" I will be plain with you. Master Lowestoffe," said Nigel, 
•* since I have gone thus far. The person whom I struck was 
Lord Dalgamo, whom you have seen at Beaujeu's." 

" A foUower and favourite of the Duke of Buckingham ! — It 
is a most unhappy chance, my lord ; but my heart was formed in 
England, and cannot bear to see a young nobleman borne down, 
as you are like to be. We converse here greatly too open for 
your circumstances. The Templars would suffer no bailiff to 
execute a writ, and no gentieman to be arrested for a duel, within 
their precincts ; but in such a matter between Lord Dalgarno and 
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awaj with me instantly to mv poor chambers here, hard by, and 
undergo some little change of dress, ere you take sanctuary ; for 
else vou will have the whole rascal rout of the Friars about 
you, like crows upon a falcon that strays into their rookery. We 
must have you arrayed something more like the natives of Alsatia, 
or there will be no hfe there for you.** 

While Lowestoffe spoke, he pulled Lord Glenvarloch along with 
him into his chambers, where he had a handsome Ubrary, filled 
with all the poems and play-books which were then in fskshion. 
The Templar then despatched a boy, who waited upon him, to 
procure a dish or two from the next cook*s shop ; " and this,** he 
said, ''must be your lordship's dinner, with a glass of old sack, of 
which my grandmother (the heavens requite her !) sent me a 
dozen bottles, with charge to use the liquor only with clarified 
whey, when I felt my breast ache with over study. Marry, we 
will drink the good lady's health in it, if it is your lordship's 
pleasure, and you shall see how we poor students eke out our 
mutton-commons in the hall.** 

The outward door of the chambers was barred so soon as the 
boy had re-entered with the food ; the boy was ordered to keep 
close watch, and admit no one ; and Lowestofie, by example and 
precept, pressed his noble guest to partake of his hospitality. 
His frank and forward manners, though much differing from the 
courtly ease of Lord Dalgamo, were calcul •) t < d to make a favourable 
impression ; and Lord Glenvarloch, though his experience of 
Diugamo's perfidy had taught him to be cautious of reposing 
faith in friendly professions, could not avoid testifying his grati- 
tude to the young Templar, who seemed so anxious for his ^ety 
and accommodation. 

'^ You may spare your gratitude any great sense of obligation, 
my lord,'* said the TempSar. ** No doubt, I am willing to be of 
use to any gentieman that has cause to sing Fortune my foe, and 
particularly proud to serve your lordship's turn ; but I have also 
,an old grudge, to speak Heaven*s truth, at your opposite. Lord 
Dalgamo.** 

** May I ask upon what account, Master Lowestoffe !*' said 
Lord Glenvarloch. 

" Oh, my lord,** replied the Templar, "it was for a hap thafc 
chanced after you left the ordinary, one evening about three 
weeks since — at least I think you were not by, as your lordship 
always left us before deep play began — I mean no offence, but 
such was your lordship's custom — when there were words 
between Lord Dalgamo and me concerning a certain game at 
gleek, and a certain moumival of aces held by his lordship, whiob 
went for eight — tib, which went for fifteen — twenty-three in 
aU. Now I held king and queen, being three — a iiatural towser, 
making fifteen — and tiddy, nineteen. We vied the ruff, and 
revied, as your lordship may suppose, till the stake was equal to 
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efairped in the bottom of a green silk purse. WeU, my lord, I 
gained the cards, and lo you ! it pleases tus lordship to say that 
we played without tiddy ; and as the rest stood by and backed 
him, and especially the sharking Frenchman, why, I was obliged 
to lose more than I shall gain all the season. — So judge if I have 
not a crow to pluck with his lordship. Was it ever heard there 
was a game at gleek at the ordinary before, without counting 
tiddy 1 — marry quep upon his lordship! — every man who 
comes there with his purse in his hand, is as free to make new 
laws as he, I hope^ since touch pot touch penny makes every man 
equal." 

As Master Lowestoffe ran over this jargon of the gaming-table, 
Lord Glenvarloch was both ashamed and mortified, and felt a 
severe pang of aristocratic pride, when he concluded in the 
sweeping clause, that the dice, Uke the grave, levelled those 
distinguishing points of society, to which KigePs early prejudices 
<dung periiaps but too fondly. It was impossible, however, to object 
any thing to the learned reasoning of the young Templar, and 
therefore Nigel was contented to turn the conversation, by 
making some inquiries respecting the present state of Whitefriars. 
There also his host was at home. 

"You kno^, my lord," said Master Lowestoffe, "that we 
Templars are a power and a dominion within ourselves, and I am 
proud to say ^t I hold some rank in our republic — was 
treasurer to the Lord of Misrule last year, and am at this present 
moment in nomination for that dignity myself. In such circum- 
stances, we are under the necessity of maintaining an amicable 
intercourse with our neighbours of Alsatia, even as the Christian 
States find themselves often, in mere policy, obliged to make 
alliance with the Grand Turk, or the Barbary States." 

" I should have imagined you gentlemen of the Temple more 
independent of your neighbours," said Lord Glenvarloch. 

** You do us something too much honour, my lord," said the 
Templar ; " the Alsatians and we have some common enemies, 
and we have, under the rose, some common friends. We ai'e in 
the use of blocking all bailiffs out of our bounds, and we are 
powerfully aided by our neighbours, who tolerate not a rag 
belonging to them within theirs. Moreover the Alsatians have — 
1 beg you to understand me — the power of protecting or dis- 
tressing our friends, male or female, who may be obliged to seek 
sanctuary within their bounds. In short, the two communities 
serve each other, though the league is between states of unequal 
quahty, and I may myself say, that I have treated of sundry 
weighty affairs, and have been a negotiator well approved on 
both sides. — But hark — hark — what is that I" 

The sound by which Master Lowestoffe was interrupted, was 
that of a distant horn, winded loud and keenly, and followed by a 
Caint and remote huzza. 

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frian at this moment That is the signal when their privileges 
are invaded by tipstaff or bailiff; and at the blast of the horn 
they all swarm out to the rescue, as bees when their hive is i&t- 
turbed. — Jump, Jem," he said, calling out to the attendant, ''and 
see what they are doing in Alsatia. — That bastard of a boy," he 
continued, as the lad, accustomed to the precipitate haste of his 
master, tumbled rather than ran out of the apartment, and so 
down stairs, **is worth gold in this quarter — he serves six 
masters — four of tliem in distinct Numbers, and you would 
think him present like a fairy at the mere wish of him that for 
the time most needs his attendance. No scout in Oxford, no gip 
in Cambridge, ever matched him in speed and intelligence. He 
knows the step of a dun from that of a client, when it reaches the 
very bottom of the staircase ; can tell the trip of a pretty wench 
from the step of a bencher, when at the upper end of the court ; 
and is, take him all in all — But I see your lordship is anxious 
— May ] press another cup of my kind grandmother's cordial, or 
will you allow me to shew you my wardrobe, and act as your 
valet or groom of the chamber !" 

Lord Glenvarloch hesitated not to acknowledge that he was 
painfully sensible of his present situation, and anxious to do what 
must needs be done for his extrication. 

The good-natured and thoughtless young Templar readily 
acquiesced, and led the way into his little bed-room, where, from 
bandboxes, portmanteaus, mail-trunks, not forgetting an old 
walnut-tree wardrobe, he began to select the articles which he 
thought more suited effectually to disguise his guest in ventoriug 
into the lawless and turbulent society of Alsatia. 



CHAPTER XVIT. 

Come hither, young one — Mark me ! Thou art now 
*Mong8t men o' the sword, that live bv reputation 
More than by constant income — Single-suited 
They are, I grant you ; yet each single suit 
Maintains, on the rough guess, a thousand foUowen— 
And they be men, who. hasarding their aU, 
Needful apparel, necessary income. 
And human body, and immortal soul, 
Do in the very deed but hazard nothing — 
80 strictly is that all bound in reversion ; 
Clothes to the broker, income to the usurer— 
And body to disease, and soul to the foul fiend ; 
Who laughs to see Soldadoes and Fooladoes, 
Flay better than himself his game on earth. 

^ YouK lordship," said Reginald Lowestoffe, " must be content 
to exchange your decent and court-beseeming rapier, which I 
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weight of rosty iron about the hilt, and to wear these hnge-paned 
slops, instead of yoor civil and moderate hose. We allow no 
eloak, for yoor ruffian always walks in cuerpo; and the tarnished 
doubtet of bald velvet, with its discoloured embroidery, and — I 
grieve to speak it — a few stains from the blood of the grape, 
will best suit the garb of a roaring boy. I will leave you to 
change your suit for an instant, till I can help to truss you.'* 

Lowestoffe retired, while slowly, and with hesitation, Nigel 
obeyed his instructions. He felt displeasure and disgust at the 
scoundrelly disguise which he was under the necessity of 
' assuming; but, when he considered the bloody consequences 
which law attached to this rash act of violence, the easy and 
indifferent temper of James, the prejudices of his son, the over- 
bearing influence of the Duke of Buckingham, which was sure to 
be thrown into the scale against him ; and, above all, when he 
reflected that he must now look upon the active, assiduous, and 
insinuating Lord Dalgarno, as a bitter enemy, reason told him he 
was in a situation of peril which authorized all honest means, 
even the most unseemly in outward appearance, to extricate him- 
self from so dangerous a predicament. 

While he was changing his dress, and musing on these parti- 
culars, his friendly host re-entered the sleeping apartment — 
^ Zounds !" he said, *' my lord, it was well you went not straight 
into that same Alsatia of ours at the time you proposedl^ for the 
hawks have stooped upon it. Here is Jem come back with 
tidings, that he saw a pursuivant there with a privy-council 
warrant, and half a score of yeomen assistants, armed to the 
teeth, and the horn which we heard was sounded to call out the 
posse of the Friars. Indeed, when old Duke Hildebrod saw that 
the quest was after some one of whom he knew nothing, he per- 
mitted, out of courtesy, the man-catcher to search through his 
dominions, quite certain that they would take little by their 
motions ; for Duke Hildebrod is a most judicious potentate. — 
60 back, you bastard, and bring us word when all is quiet." 

^ And who may Duke Hildebrod be V* said Lord Glenvarloch. 

. " Nouns I my lord," said the Templar, ** have you lived so lone 

on the town, and never heard of the valiant, and as wise and 

Solitic as valiant, Duke Hildebrod, grand protector of the 
berties of Alsatia I 1 thought the man had never whirled a die 
but was familiar with his fame." 

^ Yet I have never heard of him, Master Lowestoffe," said 
Lord Glenvarloch ; *^ or, what is the same thing, I have paid no 
attention to aught that may have passed in conversation respecting 
bun." 

" Why, then," said Lowestoffe — " but, first, let me have the 
honour of trussing you. Now, observe, I have left several of the 
points untied, of set purpose ; and if it please you to let a small 
portion of your shirt be seen betwixt your doublet and the band 
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and will attract you respect in Alsatia, where linen ib something 
scarce. Now, I tie some of the points carefully asquint, for yonr 
ruffianly gallant never appears too accurately trussed — so." 

'* Arrange it as you will, sir," sidd Nigel ; *' but let me hear 
at least something of the conditions of the unhappy district into 
which, with other wretches, I am compelled to retreat." 

"Why, my lord," replied the Templar, "our neighbouring 
state of Alsatia, which the law calls the Sanctuary of White- 
friars, has had its mutations and revolutions like greater king- 
doms ; and, being in some sort a lawless, arbitrary government^ 
it follows, of course, that these have been more frequent than our 
own better regulated commonwealth of the Templars, that of 
Gray's Inn, and other similar associations, have had the fortune 
to witness. Our traditions and records speak of twenty revolu- 
tions within the last twelve years, in which the aforesaid state 
has repeatedly changed from absolute despotism to republicanism, 
not forgetting the intermediate stages of oligarchy, limited 
monarchy, and even gynocracy ; for I myself remember Alsatia 
eovemed for nearly nine months by an old fishwoman. Then it 
fell under the dominion of a broken attorney, who was dethroned 
by a reformado captain, who, proving tyrannical, was deposed by 
a hedge-parson, who was succeeded, upon resignation of his 

e»wer, by Duke Jacob Hildebrod, of that name £e first, whom 
eaven long preserve." 

" And is this potentate's government," said Lord Glenvarloch, 
forcing himself to take some interest in the conversation, " of a 
despotic character!" 

" Pardon me, my lord," said the Templar ; " tiiis said sove- 
reign is too wise to incur, like many of his predecessors, the 
odium of wielding so important an authority by his own sole will. 
He has established a council of state, who regularly meet for 
their morning's draught at seven o'clock ; convene a second time 
at eleven for their ante-meridiemf or whet ; and, assembling in 
solemn conclave at the hour of two afternoon, for the purpose of 
consulting for the good of the conunonwealth, are so prodigal uf 
their labour in tlie service of the state, that they seldom separate 
before midnight. Into this worthy senate, composed partly of 
Duke Hildebrod's predecessors in his high office, whom he has 
associated with him to prevent the envy attending sovereign and 
sole authority, I must presently introduce your lordship, tliat 
they may admit you to tiie immunities of the Friars, and assign 
you a place of residence." 

" Does their authority extend to such regulation 1" said Lord 
Glenvarloch. 

** The council account it a main point of their privileges, my 
lord," answered Lowestoffe ; " and, in fact, it is one of the most 
powerful means by which they support their authority. For, 
when Duke Hildebrod and his senate find a topping householder 
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assigning him, for a lodger, some fat bankrupt, or new residenter, 
whose circumstances require refuge, and whose purse can pay 
for it, and the malecontent becomes as tractable as a lamb. As 
for the poorer refugees, they let them shift as they can ; but the 
registration of their names in the Duke's entry-book, and the 
payment of garnish conforming to their circumstances, is never 
dispensed with and the Friars would b^ a rery unsafe residence 
for the stranger who should dispute these points of jurisdiction." 

" Well, Master Lowestoffe," said Lord Glenvarloch, •* I must 
be controlled by the circumstances which dictate to me this state 
of concealment — of course I am desirous not to betray my name 
and rank.*' 

<* It will be highly advisable, my lord," said Lowestofie ; ** and 
is a case thus provided for in the statutes of the republic, or 
monarchy, or whatsoever you call it. — He who desires that no 
questions shall be asked him concerning his name, cause of 
refuge, and the like, may escape the usufu interrogations upon 
payment of double the garnish otherwise belonging to his condi- 
tion. Complying with this essential stipuktion, your lordship 
may register yourself as King of Bantam if you wiU, for not a 
question will be asked of you. — But here comes our scout, with 
news of peace and tranquillity. Now, I will go with your lordship 
myself, and present you to the council of Alsatia, with all the 
influence which I have over them as an office-bearer in the 
Temple, which is not slight ; for they have come halting off upon 
all occasions when we have taken part against them, and that 
they well know. The time is propitious, for as the council is now 
met in Alsatia, so the Temple walks are quiet. Now, my lord, 
throw your cloak about you, to hide your present exterior. You 
sliall give it to the boy at tiie foot of the stairs that go down to 
the Sanctuary ; and as the ballad says that Queen Eleanor sunk 
at Charing-Gross and rose at Queenhithe, so you shall sink a 
nobleman in the Temple Grardens, and rise an Alsatian at 
Whitefriars." 

They went out accordingly, attended by the little scout, tra- 
versed the gardens, descended the stairs, and at the bottom the 
young Templar exclaimed, — " And now let us sing, with Ovid, 

* In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas — ' 

Off, off, ye lendings !" he continued, in the same vein. ** Via, the 
curtain that shadowed Borgia ! — But how now, my lord !" he 
continued, when he observed Lord Glenvarloch was really dis- 
tressed at the degrading change in his situation, ^ I trust you are 
not offended at my rating folly ! I would but reconcile you to 
your present circumstances, and give you the tone of this strange 

{>lace. Come, cheer up ; I trust it will only be your residence 
or a very few days." 

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which my own foUy has filled for me. Pardon me, that, at the 
first taste, I feel its bitterness." 

Reginald Lowestofie was bustlingly officious and good-natured ; 
but, used to live a scrambling, rakish course of life himself, he 
had not the least idea of the extent of Lord Glenvarloch's mental 
sufferings, and thought of his temporary conceahnent as if it 
were merely the trick of a wanton boy, who plays at hide-and • 
seek with his tutor. With the appearance of the place, too, he 
was familiar — but on his companion it produced a deep 
sensation. 

The ancient Sanctuary at Whitefriars lay considerably lower 
than the elevated terraces and gardens of the Temple, and was 
• therefore generally involved in the damps and fogs arising firom 
the Thames. The brick buildings by which it was occupied, 
crowded closely on each other, for, in a place so rarely privileged, 
every foot of ground was valuable ; but, erected in many cases 
by persons whose funds were inadequate to their speculations, 
the houses were generally insufficient, and exhibited tiie lament- 
able signs of having become ruinous while they were yet new. 
The wailing of children, the scolding of their mothers, the 
miserable exhibition of ragged linens hung from the windows to 
dry, spoke the wants and distresses of the wretched inhabitants ; 
while the sounds of complaint were mocked and overwhelmed in 
the riotous shouts, oaths, profisuie songs, and boisterous laughter, 
that issued from the alehouses and taverns, which, as the signs 
indicated, were equal in number to all the other houses; and, 
that the full character of the place might be evident, several 
faded, tinselled, and painted females, looked boldly at the 
strangers from their open lattices, or more modestly seemed 
busied with the cracked flower-pots, filled with mignonette and 
rosemary, which were disposed in front of the windows, to the 
great risk of the passengers. 

** Semi-reducta Venus," said the Templar, pointing to one of 
these nymphs, who seemed afraid of observation, and partly con- 
cealed herself behind the casement, as she chirped to a miserable 
blackbird, the tenant of a wicker prison, which hung outside on 
the black brick walL — " I know the face of yonder waistcoateer,** 
continued the guide ; ** and I could wager a rose-noble, from the 
posture she stands in, that she has clean head-gear, and a soiled 
night-rail. — But here come two of the male inhabitants, smoking 
like moving volcanoes ! These are roaring blades, whom Nicotia 
and Trinidado serve, I dare swear, in heu of beef and pudding ; 
for be it known to you, my lord, that the King's counter-blast 
against the Indian weed will no more pass current in Alsatia, 
than will his writ of capiasJ* 

As he spoke, the two smokers approached ; shaggy, uncombed 
ruffians, whose enormous mustaches were turned back over their 
ears, and mingled with the wild elf-locks of their hair, much of 
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their heads, while some straggling portion es^caped through the 
rents of the hats aforesaid. Their tarnished plush jerkins, large 
slops, or trunk-breeches, their broad greasy shoulder-belts, and 
discoloured scarfs, and above all, the ostentatious manner in which 
the one wore a broadsword, and the other an extravagantly long 
rapier and poniard, marked the true Alsatian bully, then, and for 
a hundred years afterwards, a well-known character. 

" Tour out," said the one ruffian to the other ; ** tour the bien 
mort twiring at the gentry cove !" * 

" I smell a spy," replied the other, looking at Nigel. " Chalk 
iiim across the peepers with your cheery." + 

" Bing avast, bing avast 1" replied his companion ; " yon 
other is ratthng Reginald Lowestoffe of the Temple — - 1 know 
him ; he is a good boy, and free of the province." 

So saying, and enveloping themselves in another thick cloud of 
smoke, they went on witiiout farther greeting. 

** Crasto in (lere /" said the Templar. " You hear what a 
character the impudent knaves give me ; but, so it serves your 
lordship's turn, I care not. — And, now, let me ask your lordship 
what name you will assume, for we are near the ducal palace of 
Duke Hildebrod." 

" I will be called Grahame,'* said Nigel ; •* it was my mother's 
name." 

** Grime," repeated the Templar, " will suit Alsatia well enough 
— both a grim and grimy place of refuge." 

^'I said Grahame, sir, not Grime," said Nigel, something 
shortly, and laying an emphasis on the vowel — for few Scotsmen 
understand raillery upon the subject of their names. 

*^ I beg pardon, my lord," answered the undisconcerted punster ; 
** but Grraam will suit the circumstance, too — it signifies tribula- 
tion in the High Dutch, and your lordship must be considered as 
a man under trouble." 

Nigel laughed at the pertinacity of the Templar ; who, proceed- 
ing to point out a sign representing, or believed to represent, a 
dog attacking a bull, and running at his head, in the true scientific 
style of onset, — - '* There," said he, ** doth faithful Duke Hilde- 
brod deal forth laws, as well as ale and strong waters, to his faith- 
ful Alsatians. Being a determined champion of Paris Garden, he 
has chosen a sign corresponding to his habits ; and he deals in 
giving drink to the thirsty, that he himself may drink without 
paying, and receive pay for what is drunken by others. — Let us 
enter the ever-open gate of this second Axylus." 

As they spoke, they entered the dib-pidated tavern, which was 
nevertheless, more ample in dimensions, and less ruinous, than 
many houses in the same evil neighbourhood. Two or three 
haggard, ragged drawers, ran to and fro, whose looks, like those 

* Look sharp. See how the girl is coquetting with the strange gallants f 
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of owls, seemed only adapted for midnight, when other creatures 
sleep, and who by day seemed bleared, stupid, and only half awake. 
Guided by one of these blinking Ganymedes they entered a room^ 
where the feeble rays of the sun were almost wholly eclipsed by 
volumes of tobacco-smoke, rolled from the tubes of &ie company, 
while out of the cloudy sanctuary arose the old chant of — 

** Old Sir Simon the King, 
And old Sir Simon the Kmg, 
With his malmsey nose. 
And his ale-dropped hose, 
And sing hey ding-a-ding-ding." 

Duke Hildebrod, who himself condescended to chant this ditty 
to his loving subjects, was a monstrously fat old man, with only 
one eye ; and a nose which bore evidence to the frequency, 
strength, and depth of his potations. He wore a murrey-coloured 
plush jerkin, stained with the overflowings of the tankard, and 
much the worse for wear, and unbuttoned at bottom for the ease 
of his enormous paunch. Behind him lay a favourite buU-dog, 
whose round head and single black glancing eye, as well as the 
creature^s great corpulence, gave it a burlesque resemblance to 
its master. 

The well-beloved Counsellors who surrounded the ducal throne, 
incensed it with tobacco, pledged its occupier in thick, clammy 
ale, and echoed back his choral songs, were Satraps worthy of 
such a Soldan. The buflf jerkin, broad belt, and long sword of 
one, shewed him to be a Low Country soldier, whose look of 
scowling importance, and drunken impudence, were designed to 
sustain his title to call himself a Roving Blade. It seemed to 
Nigel that he had seen this fellow some where or other. A hedge- 
parson, or buckle-beggar, as that order of priesthood has been 
irreverently termed, sat on the Duke's left, and was easily distin- 
guished by his torn band, flapped hat, and the remnants of a rusty 
cassock. Beside the parson sat a most wretched and meagre 
looking old man, with a threadbare hood of coarse kersey upon 
his head, and buttoned about his neck, while his pinched features, 
like those of old Daniel, were illuminated by 



• an eye. 

Through the last look of dotage still cunning and sly.* 

On his left was placed a broken attorney, who, for ^ome mal- 
practices, had been struck from the roll of practitioners, and who 
had nothing left of his profession, excepting its roguery. One or 
two persons of less figure, amongst whom there was one face, 
which, hke that of the soldier, seemed not unknown to Nigel, 
though he could not recollect where he had seen it, completed 
the council-board of Jacob Duke Hildebrod. 

The stranmrs had full time to observe all this ; for his mce 
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mony, or whether to impress the strangers with a proper id6a of 
his consequence, chose to sing his ditty to an end before address- 
ing them, though, during the whole time, he closely scrutinized 
tiiem with his single optic. 

When Duke Hildebrod had ended his song, he informed his 
Peers that a worthy officer of the Temple attended them, and 
commanded the captain and parson to abandon their easy chairs 
in behalf of the two strangers, whom he placed on his right and 
left hand. The worthy representatires of the army, and the 
church of Alsatia went to place themselves on a crazy form at 
the bottom of the table, which, ill calculated to sustain men of 
such weight, gave way under them, and the man of the sword and 
man of the gown were rolled over each other on the floor, amidst 
the exulting shouts of the company. They arose in wrath, con- 
tending which should vent his displeasure in the loudest and 
deepest oaths, a strife in which the parson's superior acquaintance 
with theology enabled him greatly to' excel the captain, and were 
at length with difficulty tranquillized by the arrival of the alarmed 
Waiters with more stable chairs, and by a long draught of the 
cooling tankard. When this commotion was appeased, and the 
strangers courteously accommodated with flagons, after the fashion 
of the others present, the Duke drank prosperity to the Temple 
in the most gracious manner, together with a cup of welcome to 
Master Reginald Lowestoffe ; and, this courtesy having been 
thankfully accepted, the party honoured prayed permission to 
call for a gallon of Rhenish, over which he proposed to open his 
business. 

The mention of a liquor so superior to their usual potations had 
an instant and most favourable effect upon the little senate ; and 
its immediate appearance might be said to secure a favourable 
reception of Master Lowestoffe's prc^sition, which, after a round 
or two had circulated, he explained to be the admission of his 
friend Master Nigel Grahame to the benefit of the sanctuary and 
other immunities of Alsatia, in the character of a grand coix^' 
pounder ; for so were those termed who paid a double fee at their 
matriculation, in order to avoid laying before the senate the pecu- 
liar circumstances which compelled them to take refuge there. 

The worthy Duke heard the proposition with glee, which glit- 
tered in his single eye ; and no wonder, as it was a rare occur- 
reiice, and of peculiar advantage to his private revenue. Accor- 
dingly, he commanded his ducal register to be brought him, a 
huge book, secured with brass clasps like a merchant's ledger, 
and whose leaves, stained with wine, and slabbered with tobacco 
juice, bore the names probably of as many rogues as are to be 
found in the Calendar of Newgate. 

Nigel was then directed to lay down two nobles as his ransom, 
and to claim privilege by reciting the following doggerel verses, 
which were dictated to him by the Duke : — 

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** YouT goppliant, by t 
Niffel GrahAme, 
In fear of mishap 
From a shoulder -tap ; 
And dreading a claw 
From the talons of law. 

That are sharper than brfen ; 
His freedom to sue. 
And rescue by you — 
Through weapon and wit, 
From warrant and writ. 
From bailiff's band, 
From tipstaff's wand. 

Is come hither to Whitefriars." 

Aa Duke Hildebrod with a tremulous hand hegan to make the 
entry, and had already, with superfluous generosity, speUed 
Nigel with two g's instead of one, he was interrupted hy the par- 
son. * This reverend gentleman had been whispering for a 
minute or two, not with the captain, but with that other in<£vidual, 
who dwelt imperfectly, as we have already mentioned, in Nigel's 
memory, and being, perhaps, still something malecontent on 
account of the late accident, he now requested to be heard before 
the registration took place. 

^ The person," he said, ^ who hath now had the assurance to 
propose himself as a candidate for the privileges and immunities 
of this honourable society, is, in pliun terms, a beggarly Scot, and 
we have enough of these locusts in London already — ^ we admit 
such palmer-worms and caterpillars to the Sanctuary, we AaXl 
soon have the wh(^e nation." 

« We are not entitled to inquire," said Duke Hildebrod, 
** whether he be Scot, or French, or English ; seeing he has 
honourably laid down his garnish, he is entitled to our protec- 
tion." 

** Word of denial, most Sovereign Duke," replied the parson, 
*' I ask him no questions — his speech bewrayeth him — he is a 
Oalilean — and his garnish is forfeited for his assurance in coming 
within this om* realm ; and I call on you. Sir Duke, to put the 
laws in force against him !" 

The Templar here rose, and was aboc^ to iaterropt the delibe- 
rations of the court, when the Duke gravely assured him that he 
■ should be heard in behalf of his friend, so soon as the eounoU had 
finished their deliberations. 

The attorney next rose, and, intimating that he was to speak 
to the point of law, said — " It was easy to be seen that this 
gentleman did not come hera in any cii^ case, and that he be- 
lieved it to be the story they had already heard of, ^onoeraing a 

* This curious register is still in existence, being in possession of that enunent 
antiquary Dr Dryasdust, who liberally offered the author pennission to have the 
autograph of Duke HUdebrod engraved as an Uhutration of this passage. Un- 
happily, being rigorous as Ritsen himself in adhering to the very letter oi his 
copy, the worthy Doctor clogged his munificence with the condition that we 
altould adopt the Duke's orthography, and entitle the woric *' The Fortunes ol 
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blow given within the Terge of the Pai* — that ihe Sanctuary 
wOuId not bear out the Qfi(^der in such case — and that the queer 
old Chief would send down a broom which should sweep the 
streets of Alsatia from the Strand to tlie Stairs ; and it was even 
policy to think what evil might come to their republic, by shelter- 
mgan alien in such circumstances." 

The captain, who had sat impati^itly while these opinions were 
expressed, now sprung on his feet with the vdiemence of a cork 
bouncing from a bottle of brisk beer, and, turning up his mus- 
taches with a martial air, cast a glance of contempt on the lawyer 
and churchman, while he thus expressed his opinion. 

^ Most noble Duke Hildebrod ! When I bear such base, skel- 
dering, coistril propositions come from the counsellors of your 
grace, and whcoi I remember the Huffs, the Muns, and the 
Tityretu's by whom your grace's ancestors and predecessors were 
advised on such occasions, I begm to think the spirit of action is 
as dead in Alsatia as in ray old grannam ; and yet vrho thinks so 
thinks a lie, since I will find a»many roaring boys in the Friars as 
shall keep the liberties against all the scavengers of Westminster. " 
And, if we should be overborne for a turn, death and darkness ! 
have we not time to send the gentleman off by water, either to 
Paris Garden <»r to the bankside ! and, if he is a gallant of true 
breed, will he not make us foil amends for all ^e trouble we 
have ! Let oth^ societies exi^ by the law, I say that we brisk 
boys of the Fleet live in spite of it ; and thrive best when we are 
in right opposition to sign and seal, writ and warrant, sergeant 
and tipstaff, catchpoll and bum-bailey." 

This speech was followed by a murmur of approbation, and 
Lowestoffe, striking in before the favourable sound had subsided, 
reminded the Duke and his council how much the security of 
their state depended upon the amity of the Templars, who, by 
closing their gates, could at pleasure shut against the Alsatians 
the communication betwixt the Friars and ^e Temple, and that 
as they eondncted themsdves on this occasion, so would they 
seeure or lose the ben^t of his interest with his own body, whidi 
they knew to be not inconsiderable. ** And, in respect of my 
friend being a Scotsman and alien, as has been observed by the 
reverend divine and learned lawyer, you are to consider," said 
Lowestoffe, ** for what he is pursued luther — why, for giving the 
bastinado, not to an Englishman, but to one of his own country- 
men. And for my own simple part," he continued, touching 
Lord Glenvarloch at the same time, to make him understand he 
spoke but in jest, << if all the Scots in London were to fight a 
Welch main, and kill each other to a man, the survivor would, 
in my humble opinion, be entitled to our gratitude, as having 
done a most acceptable service to poor Old England." 

A shout of laughter and applause followed this ingenious 
apology for the client's state of alienage ; and the Templar fol- 
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know well," said he, *< it is the custom of the &thers of tiiis old 
and honourable republic, ripely and well to consider all their 
proceedings over a proper allowance of liquor ; and &r be it from 
me to propose the breach of so laudable a custom, or to pretend 
that such an affair as the present can be wdl and constitutionally 
considered during the discussion of a pitiful gallon of sack. But, 
as it is the same thing to this honourable^ conclave whether they 
drink first and determine afterwards, or whether they determine 
first and drink afterwards, I propose your grace, with the advice 
of your wise and potent senators, shall pass your edict, granting 
to mine honourable friend the immunities of the pliuse, and 
assigning him a lodging, according to your wise forms, to which 
he will presently retire, being somewhat* spent with this day's 
action ; whereupon T will presently order you a rundlet of 
Rhenidi, with a corresponding quantity of neats' tongues and 
pickled herrings, to make you tSi as glorious as Greorge-a-6reen." 
This overture was received with a general shout of applause, 
which altogether drowned the voice of the dissidents, if any there 
were amongst the Alsatian senate who could have resisted a pro- 
posal so popular. The words of, ^ Kind heart ! — noble gentleman ! 
— generous gallant !" flew from mouth to mouth ; the inscription of 
the petitioner's name in the great book was hastily completed, 
and the oath administered to mm by the worthy Dose. like the 
Laws of the Twelve Tables, of the ancient Cambro-Britons, and 
other primitive nations, it was coached in poetry, and ran as 
follows; — 

*< By spigot and barrel, 

Bybllboe and buff; 
Thou art sworn to the qmuTel 

Of the blades of the huff: 
For Whitefriars and its dahns 

To be champion or martyr. 
And to fight for its dames 

Like a Knight of the Garter." 

Nisei felt, and indeed exhibited, some disgust at this mummery ; 
but, me Tempkir reminding him that he was too far advanced to 
draw back, he repeated the words, or rather assented as they 
were repeated by Duke Hi}debrod, who concluded the ceremony 
by allowing him the privilege of sanctuary, in the following form 
of prescriptive doggerel : — 

•< From the toodi of the tip. 

From the blight of the wan 
From the watchmen who skip 

On the Barman Beck's etrandi 
From the bailifrs cramp soeech. 

That makes man a thraU, 
I charm thee from each. 

And I diarm thee from alL 
Thy freedom 's complete 

As a Blade of the Huff. 
To be cheated and cheat. 

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To itride, swear, and fivagger. 
To drink till you stagger. 

To stare and to stab, 
And to brandish your dagm 

In the eause of your drab ; 
To walk wool*ward in winter. 

Drink hrandv, and smoke. 
And fga fresco in sunuuer 

Forwantofack»ak; 
To eke out your living 

By the wag of your elbow. 
By nilham and gourd, 

And by baring of bilboe ; 
To live by your shifts. 

And to swear by your boooar,— 
Are the freedom and ffiftt 

Of which I am the donor." « 

This homily being performed, a dispute arose concerning the 
special residence to be assigned the new brother of the Sanctuary ; 
for, as the Alsatians held it a maxim in their commonwealth, that 
ass's milk fattens, there was usuaUy a competition among the 
inhabitants which should have the managing, as it was termed, of 
a new member of the society. 

The Hector who had spoken so warmly and critically in Nigel's 
behalf, stood out now chivalrously in behalf of a certain Blowse- 
linda, or Bonstrops, who had, it seems, a room to hire, once the 
occasional residence of Slicing Dick of Paddington, who latdy 
suffered at Tyburn, and whose untimely exit hi^ been hitherto 
mourned by the damsel in solitary widowhood, after the fashion 
of the turtle-dove. 

The captain's interest was, however, overruled, in behalf of the 
old gentleman in the kersey hood, who was believed, even at his 
extreme age, to understand the plucking of a pigeon, as well, or 
better, than any man of Alsatia. 

This venerable personage was an usurer of some notoriety, 
called Trapbois, and had very lately done the state considerable 
service in advancing a subsidy necessary to secure a firesh impor- 
tation of liquors to the Duke's cellars, the wine-merchant at the 
Vintry being scrupulous to deal with so great a man for any thing 
but r^Miy money. 

When, therefore, the old gentleman arose, and, with much 
coughing, reminded the Duke that he had a poor apartment to 
let, the claims of all others were set aside, and Nigel was assigned 
to Trapbois as his guest. 

No sooner was this arrangement made, than Lord Glenvarloch 
expressed to Lowestoffe his impatience to leave this discreditable 
assembly, and took his leave with a careless haste, which, but for 
the rundlet of Rhenish wine that entered just as he left the apart- 
ment, might have been taken in bad part. The young Templa^ 
accompanied his friend to the house of the old usurer, with the 

• Of the cant words used hi this taiauguratorv oration, some are obvious in 
their meaning, others, as Harnian Beck (constable,) and the like, derive their 
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road to which he and some other youngsters ahout the Temple 
were even but too well acquainted. On the way, he assured Lord 
Glenvarloch that he was going to the only dean house in White- 
friars ; a property which it owed solely to the exertions of the 
old man's only daughter, an elderly damsel, ugly enough to 
frighten sin, yet likely to be wealthy enough to tempt a puritan, 
so soon as the devil bad got her old dad for his due. As Lowes- 
toffe spoke thus, they knocked at the door of the house, and the 
sour stern countenance of the female by whom it was opened, 
fully confirmed all that the Templar had said of the hostess. She 
heard, with an ungracious and discontented air, the young Tem- 
plar's information, that the gentleman, his companion, was to be 
her father's lodger, muttered something about the trouble it was 
likely to occasion, but ended by shewing the stranger's apart- 
ment, which was better than could have been augured from the 
general appearance of the place, and much larger in extent than 
that which he had occupied at Paul's Wharf, though inferior to it 
in neatness. 

Lowestoffe, having thus seen his friend fairly installed in his 
new apartment, and having obtained for him a note of the rate at 
which he could be acconmiodated with victuals from a neighbour- 
ing cook's shop, now took his leave, offering, at the same time, to 
send the whole, or any part of Lord Glenvarloch's baegage, from 
his former place of residence to his new lodging. Nigel men- 
tioned so few articles, that the Templar could not help observing, 
that his lordship, it would seem, did not intend to enjoy his new 
privileges long. 

*^ They are too little suited to my habito and taste, that I 
should do so," replied Lord Glenvarloch. 

" You may change your opinion to-morrow," said Lowestoffe ; 
''and so I wish you good erven. To-morrow I will visit you 
betimes." / 

The morning came, but, instead of the Templar, it brought 
only a letter from him. The epistle stated, that Lowesto&'s 
visits to Alsatia had drawn down the animadversions of some 
crabbed old pantaloons among the benchers, and that he judged 
it wise not to come hither at present, for fear of attracting too 
much attention to Lord Glenvarloch's place of residence. He 
stated, that he had taken measures for tha safety of his baggage, 
and would send him, by a safe hand, his money-casket, and w£tt 
articles he wanted. Then followed some sage advices, dictated 
by Lowestoffe's acquaintance with Alsatia and its manners. He 
advised him to keep the usurer in the most absolute uncertainty 
concerning the state of his funds — never to throw a main with 
the captain, who was in the habit of playing dry-fisted, and paying 
his losses with three vowels ; and, finally, to beware of Duke 
Hildebrod, who was as sharp, he said, as a needle, though he had 
no more eyes than are possessed by that necessary im^ement of 
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CHAPTER XVIII. 

Mother. What ! dazzled by a flash of Cupid's mirror, 
With which tlie boy, as mortal w«hins wont, 
Flings back the sunbeam in the eye of passengers — 
Then laughs to see them stumble ! 

Daughter. Mother! no — 
It was a lightning-flasli which dazzled me. 
And never shall these eyes see true again. 

Bee/ and Pudding. —An old Englnh Comedp. 

It is neceeisary that we should leave our hero Nigel for a time, 
altiiough in situation neither safe, comfortable, nor creditable, in 
order to detail some particulars which have immediate connection 
with his fortunes. 

It was but the third day after he had been forced to take 
refuge in the house of old Trapbois, the noted usurer of White- 
fiiars, commonly called Golden Trapbois, when the pretty daughter 
of old Ramsay, the watchmaker, after having piously seen her 
father finish his breakfast, (from the fear that he might, in an 
abstruse fit of thought, swallow the salt-cellar instead of a crust 
of the brown loaf,) set forth from the house as soon as he was 
again plunged into the depth of calculation, and, accompanied 
only bv that faithful old drudge, Janet, the Scots laundi^ess, to 
whom ner whims were laws, made her way to Lombard Street, 
and disturbed, at the unusual hour of eight in the morning. 
Aunt Judith, ^e sister of her worthy godfather. 

The venerable maiden received her young visiter with no 
great complacency ; io/r, naturally enough, she had neither the 
same admiration of her very pretty countenance, nor allowance 
for her foolish and girlish impatience of temper, which Master 
C^rge Heriot entertained. Still Mistress Margaret was a 
fiivourite of her brother's, whose will was to Aunt Judith a 
supreme law ; and she contented herself with asking her untimely 
visiter, ^ what she made so early with ber pale, chitty face, in the 
streets of London I" 

**I would speak with the Lady Hermione," answered the 
almost breathless girl, while the blood ran so fast to her face as 
totally to remove we objection of paleness which Aunt Judith had 
made to her complexion. 

« With the Lady Hermione?" said Aunt Judith — *« with the 
Lady Hermione ! and at this time of the morning, when she will 
scarce see any of the family, even at seasonable hours I You are 
crazy, you siDy wench, or you abuse the indulgence which my 
brother and the lady have shewn to you." 

** Indeed, indeed I have not," repeated Margaret, struggling to 
retain the unbidden tear which seemed ready to burst out on the 
slightest occadon. ** Do but say to the lady that your brother's 
god-daughter desires earnestly to speak to her, and I know she 
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Aunt Judith beat an earnest, suspicious, and inquisitiye glance 
on hfiT young visiter. " You might make me your secretaryr, my 
lassie," she said, " as we]l as the Lady Hermione. I am older, 
and better skilled to advise. I live more in the world than one 
who shuts herself up within four rooms, and I have the better 
means to assist you." 

'' Oh 1 no — no — no,'* said Margaret, eagerly, and with more 
earnest sincerity than complaisance ; " there are some things to 
which you cannot advise me. Aunt Judith. It is a case — pardon 
me, my dear aunt — a case beyond your counsel." 

^I am ghid on't, maiden," said Aunt Judith, somewhat 
angrily ; '^ for I think the follies of the young people of this gene- 
ration would drive mad an old brain like mine. Here you come 
on the viretot, through the whole streets of London, to talk some 
nonsense to a lady, who scarce sees Grod's sun, but when he shines 
on a brick wall. But I will tell her you are here.'. 

She went away, and shortly returned with a dry — ^Mistress 
Marget, the lady will be glad to see you ; and that 's more, my 
young madam, than you had a right to count upon." 

Mistress Margaret hune her head in alence, too much per- 
plexed by the train of ner own embarrassed thoughts, for 
attempting either to conciliate Aunt Judith's kindness, or, which 
on other occasions would have been as congenial to her own 
humour, to retaliate on her cross-tempered remarks and nuuiner. 
She followed Aunt Judith, therefore, in silence and dejection, to 
the strong oaken door which divided the Lady Hermione'R 
apartments from the rest of Greorge Heriot's spacious house. 

At the door of this sanctuary it is necessary to pause, in order 
to correct the reports with which Richie Moniplies had filled his 
master's ear, respecting the singukr appearance of that lady's 
attendance at prayers, whom we now own to be by name the 
Lady Hermione. Some part of these exaggerations had been 
communicated to the worthy Scotsman by Jenkin Vincent, who 
was well experienced in the species of wit which has been long a 
favourite in the city, under the names of crossbiting, giving the 
dor, bamboozling, cramming, hoaxing, humbugging, and quizzing ; 
for which sport Kichie Moniplies, with his solemn gravity, totaUy 
unapprehensive of a joke, and his natural propensity to the mar- 
vellous, formed an admirable subject. Farther ornaments the 
tale had received from Richie himself, whose tongue, especially 
when oiled with good liquor, had a considerable tendency to 
amplification, and who failed not, while he retailed to his master 
all the wonderful circumstances narrated by Vincent, to add to 
them many conjectures of his own, which his imagination had 
'%ver-hastily converted into facts. 

Yet the life which Lady Hermione had led for two years, 
auring which she had been the inmate of Greorge Heriot's house, 
was HO singular, as almost to sanction many of the wild reports 
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inhabited, had in former times belonged to a powerTol and 
wealthy baronial family, which, during the reign of Henry VI 11^ 
terminated in a dowager lady, very wealthy, very devout, and 
most inalienably attached to the Catholic faith. The chosen 
friend of the Honourable Lady Foljambe was the Abbess of Saint 
Roque's Nunnery, like herself a conscientious, rigid, and devoted 
Papist. When the house of Saint Roque was despotically dis^ 
solved by the fiat of the impetuous monarch, the Lady Foljambe 
received her mend into her spacious mansion, together with two 
vestal sisters, who, like their Abbess, were determined to follow 
the tenor of Iheir vows, instead of embracing the profane Uberty 
which the Monarch's will had thrown in their choice. For their 
residence, the Lady Foljambe contrived, with all secrecy — for 
Henry might not have relished her interference — to set apart a 
suite of four rooms, with a littie closet fitted up as an oratory, or 
chapel ; the whole apartment fenced by a strong oaken door to 
exclude strangers, and accommodated with a turning wheel to 
receive necessaries, according to the practice of all nunneries. 
In this retreat, the Abbess of Saint Iloque and her attendants 
passed many years, communicating only with the Lady Foljambe, 
who, in virtue of Iheir prayers, and of the support she afforded 
them, accounted herself httie less than a saint on earth. The 
Abb^, fortunately for herself, died before her munificent 
patroness, who lived deep in Queen EUzabeth's time, ere she was 
summoned by fate. 

The Lady Foljambe was succeeded in this mannon by a sour 
fanatic knight, a distant and collateral reUition, who claimed the 
same merit for expelling the priestess of Baal, which his prede- 
cessor had founded on maintaining the votaresses of Heaven. Of 
the two unhappy nuns, driven from their ancient refuge, one 
went beyond sea ; the other, unable from old age to undertake 
such a journey, died under the roof of a faithful Catholic widow 
of low degree. Sir Paul Crambagge, having got rid of the nuns^ 
spoiled the chapel of its ornaments, and had thoughts of altogether 
destroying the apartment, until checked by the reflection that 
the operation would be an unnecessary expense, since he only 
inhabited three rooms of the large mansion, and had not there- 
fore the slightest occasion for any addition to its accommodations. 
His son proved a waster and a prodigal, and from him the house 
was bought by our friend George Heriot, who, finding, tike Sir 
Paul, the house more than sufficiently ample for his acoonmioda- 
tion, left the Foljambe apartment, or Saint Roque's rooms, as 
they were called, in the state in which he found them. 

About two years and ^ half before our history opened, when 
Heriot was absent upon an expedition to the Continent, he sent 
special orders to his sister and his cash-keeper, directing that the 
Foljambe apartment should be fitted up handsomely, though 
pbunly, for the reception of a hidy, who would make it her resi- 
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own fkmily according to her pleasare. He also directed, tiiat the 
iieceBsary repairs should be made with secrecy, and tiiat as litUe 
should be said as possible upon the subject of his letter. 

When the time of his return came nigh, Aunt Judilh and the 
household were on the tenter-hooks of impatience. Master 
George came, as he had intimated, accompanied by a lady, so 
eminently beautiful, that, had it not been for her extreme and 
uniform paleness, she might have been reckoned one of the love- 
liest creatures on earth. She had with her an attendant or 
humble companion, whose business seemed only to wait upon her. 
This person, a reserved woman, and by her dialect a foreigner^ 
aged about fifty, was called by tiie lady Monna Paula, and by 
Master Heriot, and others. Mademoiselle Pauline. She slept in 
the same room with her patroness at night, ate in her apartment, 
and was scracely ever separated from her during the day. 

These females took possession of the nunnery of the devout 
Abbess, and, without observing the same rigorous seclusion, 
according to the letter, seemed well-nigh to restore the apartm«it 
to the use to which it had been originally designed. The new 
inmates lived and took their meals apart from the rest of the 
family. With the domestics Lady Hermione, for so she was , 
termed, held no communication, and Mademoiselle Pauline only 
such as was indispensable, which she despatdied as briefly as 
possible. Frequent and liberal largesses reconciled the servants 
to this conduct ; and they were in the habit of observing to eadi 
other, that to do a service for Mademoiselle Pauline, was like 
finding a fairy treasure. 

To Aunt Judith the Lady Hermione was kind and civil, but 
their intercourse was rare ; on which account the elder hidy fdt 
some pangs both of curiosity and injured dignity. But she knew 
her brother so well, and loved him so dearly, that his will, once 
expressed, might be truly said to become her own. The worthy 
citisen was not without a spice of the dogmatism which grows on 
the best disposition, when a word is a law to all around. Master 
George did not endure to be questioned by his family, and, when 
he had generally expressed his will, that the Lady Hermione 
should live in the way most agreeable to her, and that no 
inquiries should be made concerning her history, or her motives 
for observing such strict seclusion, his sister well knew that he 
would have been seriously displeased with any attempt to pry 
into the secret. 

But, though Heriot's servants were bribed, and his sister awed 
int^ silent acquiescence in these arrangements, they were not of 
a nature to escape the critical observation of the neighbourhood. 
Some opined that the wealthy goldsmitdi was about to turn Papist, 
and re-establish Lady Foljambe's nunnery — others that he was 
going mad — others that he was either going to marry, or to do 
worse. Master George's constant appearance at churdi, and the 
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prayers of the En^ish ritual were read in the family, liberated 
him from the first of these suspicions ; those who had to transact 
business with him upon 'Change, could not doubt the soundness 
of Master Heriot's mind ; and, to confute the other rumours, it 
was credibly r^K)rted by such as made the matter their particu- 
lar interest, that Master Greorge Heriot never visited his guest 
but in presence of Mademoiselle Pauline, who sat with her work 
in a remote part of the same room in wt^ch they conversed. It 
was also ascertained that these visits scarcely ever exceeded an 
hour in length, and were usually only repeated once a-week, an 
intercourse too brief and too long interrupted, to render it pro- 
bable that love was the bond of their union. 

The inquirers were, therefore, at fault, and compelled to relin^ 
quish the pursuit of Master Heriot's secret, while a thousand 
ridiculous tales were circulated amongst the ignorant and supOT- 
stitious, with some specimene of which our friend Richie Moni- 
plies had been wamm&dy as we have seen, by the malicious 
i^pprentioe of worthy David Ramsay. 

There was one person in the world who, it was thought, could 
(if she would) have said more of the Lady Hermione than any 
one in London, except George Heriot himself ; and that was the 
said David Ramsay's only child, Margaret. 

This girl was not much past the age of fifteen when the Lady 
Hermione first came to England, and was a very frequent visiter 
at her godfather's, who was much amused by her childish sallies, 
and by the wild and natural beauty with which she sung the airs 
of her native country. Spoilt she was on all hands ; by the 
indulgence of her godfather, and the absent habits and indiffe- 
rence of her father, and the deference of all around to her 
caprices, as a beauty and as an heiress. But though, from 
' these circumstances, the city beauty had become as wilful, as 
capricious, and as affected, as unlimited indulgence seldom fails 
to render those to whom it is extended ; and although she exhi- 
bited upon many occasions that affectation of extreme shyness, 
silence, and reserve, which misses in their teens are apt to take 
for an amiable modesty ; and, upon others, a considerable portion 
of that flippancy, which youth sometimes confounds with wit. 
Mistress Margaret had much real shrewdness and judgment, 
which wanted only opportunities of observation to refine it — a 
•lively, good-humoured, playful disposition, and an excellent heart. 
Her acquired follies were much increased by reading plays and 
romances, to whiph she devoted a great dead of her time, and 
from, which she adopted ideas as different as possible from those 
which she might have obtained from the invaluable and affectionate 
instructions of an excellent mother ; and the freaks of which she 
was sonbtimes guilty, rendered her not unjustly liable to the 
charge of affectation and coquetry. But the little lass had sensa 
and ^rewdness enough to keep her failings out of sight of her 
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stood in his iaTOor, that, at his recommendation, she obtained per- 
mission to visit the recluse Lady Hermione. 

The singular mode of life which that lady observed ; her great 
beauty, rendered even more interesting by her e^ctreme pale- 
ness; the conscious pride of beinff admitted farther than the 
rest of the world into the society of a person who was wrapned 
in so much mystery, made a deep impression on the mind of 
Marg^aret Ramsay ; and though their conversations were at no 
time either long or oonfidential, yet, ]^roud of the trust reposed in 
her, Margaret was afT secret respecting their tenor as if every 
word repeated had been to cost her life. No inquiry, however 
artfully oacked by flattery and insinuation, whether on the part 
of Dame Ursula, or any otiier person equally inquisitive, could 
wring from the Httle maiden one word of what she heard or saw, 
after she entered Ihese mysterious and secluded apartments. The 
BHffhtest question concerning Master Heriot's ghost, was sufficient 
ather gayest moment, to check the current of her communica- 
tive prattle, and render her silent. 

We mention ttiis, ehiefly to iUustrate the early strength of Mar- 
garet's character — a strength concealed under a hundred freak- 
ish whims and humours, as an ancient and massive buttress ia 
disguised by its fantastic covering of ivy and wild-flowers. In 
truth, if the damsel had told all she heard or saw within the 
Foljambe apartments, she would have said but little to gratify 
the curiosity of inquirers. x 

At the earlier period of their acquaintance, the Lady Hermione 
was wont to reward the attentions of her littie friend with small 
but elegant presents, and entertain her by a display of foreign 
rarities and curiosities, many of them of considerable value. 
Sometimes the time was passed in a way much leau agreeable to 
Margaret, by her receiving lessons from Pauline in the use of the 
nee<Ue. But, although her preceptress practised these arts with 
a dexterity then only known in foreign convents, the pupil proved 
so incorrigibly idle and awkward, that the task of needle-work was 
at length given up, and lessons of music substituted in their stead. 
Here also Pauline was exoellentiy qualified as an instructress, and 
Margaret, more successful in a science for which Nature had 
gifted her, made proficiency both in vocal and instrumental music 
These lessons passed in presence of the Lady Hermione, to whom 
they seemed to give pleasure. She sometimes added her own 
voice to the performance, in a pure, clear stream of liquid melody ; 
but this was only when tiie music was of a devotional cast As 
Margaret became older, her communications with the reduse 
aas(mied a different character. She was allowed, if not encouraged, 
to tell whatever she had remarked out of doors, and the Lady 
Hermione, while she remarked the quick, sharp, and retentive 
powers of observation possessed by her young fnend, often found 
sufficient reason to caution her against rashness in forming 
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The habitual awe with which she regarded this singular per* 
■onage, induced Mistress Margaret, tiiou^ by no means delighting 
in contradiction or reproof, to listen with patience to her admoni- 
tions, and to make full allowance for the good intentions of the 
patroness by whom they were bestowed ; although in her heart 
she could hardly conceive how Madame Hermione, who never 
stirred from the Foljambe apartments, should think of teaching 
knowledge of the world to one who walked twice a-week between 
Temple-Bar and Lombard Street, besides parading in the Park 
every Sunday that proved to be fair weatner. Indeed, pretty 
Mistress Marearet was so little inclined to endure such remon- 
strances, that her intercourse with the inhabitants of the Foljambe 
apartments would have probably slackened as her circle of ac- 
quaintance increased in the external world, had she not, on the one 
hand, entertained an habitual reverence for her monitress, of 
which she could not divest herself, and been flattered, on the 
other, by being, to a certain degree, the depositary of a confidence 
for which others thirsted in vain. Besides, although the conver- 
sation of Hermione was uniformly serious, it was not in general 
either formal or severe ; nor was the lady offended by flights of 
levity which Mistress Margaret sometimes ventured on in her 

Eresence, even when they were such as made Monna Paula cast 
er eyes upwards, and sigh with that compassion which a devotee 
extends towards the votaries of a trivial and profane world. Thus, 
upon <he whole, the little maiden was disposed to submit, though 
not without some wincing, to the grave admonitions of the Lady 
Hermione ; and the rather tliat the mystery annexed to the per- 
son of her monitress was in her mind early associated with a 
vague idea of wealth and importance, which had been rather con- 
firmed than lessened by many accidental circumstances which she 
had noticed since she was more capable of observation. 

It frequently happens, that the counsel which we reckon intru- 
sive when offered to us unasked, becomes precious in our eyes 
when the pressure of difiiculties renders us more diffident of our 
own judgment than we are apt to find ourselves in the hours of ease 
and indifference ; and this is more especially the case if we sup- 
pose that our adviser may also possess power and inclination to 
back his counsel with effectual asdstance. Mistress Margaret 
was now in that situation. She was, or believed herself to be, in 
a condition where botii advice and assistance might be necessary , 
and it was therefore, after an anxious and sleepless night, wai 
she resolved to have recourse to the Lady Hermione, who she* 
knew would readily afford her the one, and, as she hoped, mi^ht 
also possess means of giving her the other. The conversation 
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CHAPTER XIX. 

Bv this good light, a wench of matchlesi mettle ! 
1%is were a leaguer^lass to love a soldier. 
To bind hit wounds, and kiss his bloody brow. 
And sing a roundel as she help'd to ann him. 
Though the rough foeman's drums were beat so nifl^. 
They seemM to bear the burden. 

Whbk Mistreae Margaret entered the Foljambe apaartment, she 
foand the inmat<ftH employed in their usual manner ; the lady in 
reading, and her attendant in embroi<tering a large piece of 
tapestry, which had occupied her erer since Margaret had be^i 
iirat ai^Qoitted within theee secluded chambers. 

Hermione nodded kindly to her visiter, but did not speak ; aad 
Margaret, accustomed to this reception, and in the present case 
not sorry for it, as it gave her aa intervid to collect her thoughts, 
stooped over Monna Paula's frame, and observed, in a half 
whisper, ^* You were just so £ur as that rose, Monna, when I 
first saw you — see, there is the mark where 1 had the bad luek 
to spoil the flower in trying to catch the stitch — I was little 
above fifteen then. These flowers make me an old woman, Monna 
Pauhu'* 

** 1 wish they could make you a wise one, my child," answered 
Monna Paula, in whose esteem pretty Mistress Margaret did not 
stand quite so high as in that <^ her patroness ; partly owing to 
her natural austerity, which was something intokrant of youth 
and gaiety, and partly to the jealousy with which a favourite 
domestic regards any one w^om she considers as a sort of riv^ 
in the affections of her mistress. 

^ What is it you say to Monna, little one V* asked the lady. 

^ Nothing, madam,'' relied Mistress Margaret, ^ but that I 
have seen toe real flowers blossom three times over since T first 
saw Monna Paula working in her canvass garden, and her violets 
have not budded yet." 

^ True, htdy-bird," replied Hermione ; '' but the buds that are 
longest in blossoming wUl last the longest in flower. You have 
seen them in the gaHen bloom thrice, but you have seen them 
fade thrice also ; now, Monna Paula's will remain in blow for 
ever — they will fear neither frost nor tempest." 

<* True, madam," answered Mistreai Margaret ; ^ bnt neither 
have they life or odour." 

<< That, little one," replied the reduse, '< is to compare a life 
agitated by hope and fear, and diequered with success and dis- 
appointment, and fevered by the effects of love and hatred, a life 
of passion and of feeling, ss^ddened and shortened by its exhaust- 
ing alternations, to a calm and tranquil existence, animated but 
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<|m6t oonrse, in the unwearied discharge of them. Is that the 
moral of your answer V* 

^ I do not know, madam," answered Mistress Margaret ; ''but, 
of all birds in the air, I would rather be the lark that sings while 
he is drifting down the summer breeze, than tiie weather-cock 
that sticks ntst yonder upon his iron perch, and just moves so 
much as to discharge his duty, and tell us which way the wind 
blows." 

** Metaphors are no arguments^ my pretty maiden," said the 
Lady Hermione, smiling. 

<< I am sorry for that, madam," answered Margaret; ^ for they 
are such a pretty indirect way of telling one's mind when it differs 
from one's betters — besides, on this subject there is no end of 
them, and they are so civil and becoming withal." 

<< Indeed )" replied the hidy ; '^ let me hear some of them, 1 
pny you." 

** It would be, for example, very bold in me," said Margaret, " to 
say to your ladyship, that, rather than live a quiet life, I would 
like a Kttle variety of hope and fear, and liking and disliking — - 
and — and — and the other sort of feelings which your ladyship 
is pleased to speak of ; but I may say freely, and without blame, 
that I like a butterfly better than a beetle, or a trembling aspen 
better than a grim Scots fir, that never wags a leaf — or that, of 
all the wood, brass, and wire that ever my father's lingers put 
together, I do hate and detest a certain huge old clock of the 
German fashion, that rings hours and half hours, and quarters 
and half quarters, as if it was of such consequence that the world 
should know it was wound up and going. Now, dearest kdy, 
I wish you would only compare that clumsy, clanging, Dutch- 
looking piece of lumb^, with the beautiful time-piece that Master 
Heriot caused my father to make for your ladyship, which uses 
to play a hundred merry tunes, and turns out, when it strikes 
the hour, a whole band of moirioe-danoers, to trip the hays to 
the measure." 

** And whi<^ of these timq^ieoes goes the truest, Margaret I" 
said the l|^y. 

** I must ocmfesB, the old Dntdiraan has the advantage in that," 
said Margaret. ** I fancy you are right, madam, and that 
comparisons are no arguments ; at least mine haenot brought me 
tlireugh." 

** Upon my word, maiden Margaret," said the lady smiling, ** yon 
have been of late thinking very much of these matters." 

^ Perhaps too much, madam," said Margaret, so low as only 
to be heard by the lady, behind the back of whose chair she had 
now placed herself. The words were spoken very gravely, and 
accompanied by a half sigh, which did not escape ihe attenti(ni of 
her to whom they were s^dressed. The Lady Hermione turned 
immediately round, and looked earnestly at Margaret, then paused 
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her frame and embroidery into the ante-chamber. When ihej 
were left alone, she desired her young friend to come from behind 
the chair, on the back of which she still rested, and sit down 
beside her upon a stool. 

" I will remain thus, madam, under your favour,'* answered 
Margaret, without changing her posture; **! would rather you 
heard me without seeing me." 

<* In God's name, maiden," returned her patroness, *^ what is 
it you can have to say, that may not be uttered face, to face, to 
so true a fiiend as I am !" 

Without making any direct answer, Margaret only replied, 
^ You were right, dearest lady, when you said, I had suffered 
my feelings too much to engross me of late. I have done very 
wrong, and you will be angry with nle — so will my godfather, 
but I cannot help it — he must be rescued." 

" He ?" repeated the lady, with emphasis ; ** that brief little 
word does, > indeed, so far explain your mystery; — but come 
from behind the chair, you silly popinjay ! I will wager you 
have suffered yonder gay young apprentice to sit too near your 
heart. I have not heard you mention young Vincent for many 
a day — perhaps he has not been out of mouth and out of mind 
both. Have you been so foolish as to let him speak to you 
seriously I — I am told he is a bold youth." 

" Not bold enough to say any tmng that could displease me, 
madam," said Margaret 

<< Perhaps, then, you were not displeased," said the lady ; '' or 
perhaps he has not spoken, which would be wiser and better. 
Be open-hearted, my love — your godfather will soon return, and 
we will take him into our consultations. If the young man is 
industrious, and come of honest parentage, his poverty may be 
no such insurmountable obstacle. But you are both of you very 
young, Margaret — I know your godfather will expect, that the 
youth shall first serve out his apprenticeship." 

Margaret had hitherto suffered the lady to proceed, under the 
mistaken impression which she had adopted, simply because she 
could not teU how to interrupt her ; but pure despite at hearing 
her last words gave her boldness at length to say, " I crave your 
pardon, madam ; but neither the you^ you mention, nor any 
apprentice or master within the city of London " 

*' Margaret," said the lady, in reply, '^ the contemptuous tone 
with which you mention those of your own class, (many hundreds^ 
if not thousands of whom, are in all respects better than your- 
self, and would greatly honour you by thinking of you,) is, 
methinks, no warrant for the wisdom of your choice — for a 
choice, it seems, tiiere is. Who is it, maiden, to whom you have 
thus rashly attached yourself ! — rashly, I fear it must be." 

<* It is the young Scottish Lord Glenvarloch, madam," answered 
Margaret, in a low and modest tone, but sufficiently firm, con- 
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" The j(mag Lord of Glenvarloch !" repeated the hidy, in great 
curprise — ** Maiden, you are distracted in your wits." 

*' I knew you would say so, madam,*' answered Margaret. ** It 
is what ano&er person has ah*eady told me — it is, perhaps, what 
all the world would tell me — it is what I am sometimes disposed 
to teU myself. But look at me, madam, for I will now come before 
yuu, and tell me if there is madness or distraction in my look and 
word, when I repeat to you again, that I have fixed my affections 
on this young nobleman.*' 

*^ If there is not madness in your look or word, maiden, there 
is infinite folly in what you say," answered the Lady Hermione, 
sharply. " When did you ever hear that misplaced love brought 
any thing but wretchedness t Seek a match among your equals^ 
Margaret, and escape the countless kinds of risk and misery 
that must attend an affection beyond your degree. — Why do 
you smile, maiden 1 Is there aught to cause scorn in what I 
sayr 

" Surely no, madam,'* answered Margaret " I only smiled to 
think how it diould happen, that, while rank made such a wide 
difference between creatures formed from the same clay, the wit 
of the vulgar should, nevertheless, jump so exactly the same 
length with that of the accomplished and the exalted. It is but 
the variation of the phrase which divides them. Dame Ursley 
told me the very same thing which your ladyship has but now 
uttered ; only you, madam, talk of countless misery, and Dame 
Ursley spoke of the gallows, and Mistress Turner, who was hanged 
upon it." 

** Indeed f* answered the Lady Hermione ; ^and who may Dame 
Urriey be, that your wise choice has aasodated with me in the 
difficult task of advising a ibol f * 

^ The barber's wife at next door, madam," answered Margaret, 
with feigned simplicity, but far from being sorry at heart, that 
she had found an indirect mode of mortifying her monitress. 
^ She is the wisest woman that I know, next to your hidyship." 

^A proper confidant," said the lady, '*axkd chosen with the 
) delicate sense of what is due to yourself and others ! — But 



what ails you, maiden — where are you going 1" 

* Only to ask Dame Ursky's advice," said Margaret, as if about 
to depart ; *' for I see your ladyship is too angry to give me any, 
and tiie emergency is pressing.*' 

^ What emergency, thou simple one t'* said the lady, in a kinder 
tone. — ^ Sit down, maiden, and tell me your tale. It is true you 
are a fool, and a pettish fool to boot ; but then you are a child — 
an amiable child, with all your self-willed folly, and we must help 
yoB, tf we can. — Sit down, I say, as you are desired, and you 
will find me a safer and wiser counsellor than the barber-woman. 
And tell me how you come to suppose, that you have fixed your 
heart luialterably upon a man whom you have seen, as X think, 
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<* I have seen him oftener/* said the daBt»el, looking down ; 
" but T have only spoken to hitn once. I should have been able 
to get that once out of my head, though the impression was so deep, 
that I could even now repeat every trifling word he said ; but other 
things have since riveted it in my bosom for ever/* 

** Maiden/' replied Ae lady, ^/or ever is the word whidi oomes 
most lightly on the lips in such circumstances, but which, not the 
iess, is ahnost the last that we should use. The fashion of this 
world, its passions, its joys, and its sorrows, pass away like the 
winged breeze — lliere is nought for ever, but that which belongs 
to the world beyond the grave." 

'* You have corrected me justiy, madam," said Margaret, 
calmly ; ^ T ought only to have sptoken of my present state of 
mind, as what will last me for my Ufe-time, which unquestionably ^ 
may be but short." 

^ And what is there in this Scottish lord that can rivet what 
concerns him so closely in your fancy V* said the lady. ^ I admit 
him a personable man, for I have seen him ; and I will suppose 
him courteous and agreeable. But what are his accomplish- 
ments besides, for these surely are not uncommon attributes !" 

"He is unfortunate, madam — most unfortunate — and sur- 
rounded by snares of different kinds, ingeniously contrived to 
ruin his clmracter, destroy his estate, and, perhaps, to reach evea 
his life. These schemes have been devis^ by avarice originally, 
but they are now followed close by vindictive ambition, animated, I 
think, by the absolute and concentrated spirit of m^ioe ; for the 
Lord Dalgamo " 

^Here, Monna Paula — Monna Paula f exclaimed the Lady 
Hermione, interrupting her young friend's narrative. "She 
hears me not," she answered, rising and going out, " T must seek 
her — I will return instantly." She return^ accordingly very 
soon after. " You mentioned a name whidi I thought was 
familiar to me," she said ; " but Monna Paula has put me right. 
I know nothing oi your lord — how was it you named him !" 

** Lord Dalgamo," said Margaret, — " the wickedest man who 
lives. Under pretence of friendship, he introduced the Lord 
Glenvarloch to a gambling-house, with the purpose of engaging 
hhn in deep play ; but he with whom the perfidious traitor had 
to deal, was too virtuous, nooderate, and cautious, to be caught in 
a snare so open. What did they next, but turn his own mode- 
ration against him, And persuade others that, because he would 
not become the prey of wolves, he herded with them for a share 
of their booty ! And, while tiiis base Lord Dalgamo was thus 
undermining his unsuspecting countr3rman, he took every mea- 
sure to keep him surrounded by creatures o€ his own, to prevent 
him from attending Court, and mixing with* those of his proper 
rank. Sinoe the Gunpowder Treason, there never was a con- 
spiracy more deeply laid, Bkore basely and more deliberately 
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The lady smiled sadly at Margaret's vehemence, but sighed the 
next moment, while ^e told her young friend how httle she 
knew the world she was about to live in, since she testified so 
much surprise at finding it full of villainy* 

" But by what means," she added, ** could you, maiden, become 
possessed of the secret views of a man so cautious as Lord Dal- 
gamo — as villains in general are V* 

^ Permit me to be sUent on that subject," said the maiden ; '^ I 
could not tell you without betraying others — let it suffice that 
ray ladings are as certain as the means by which I acquired 
them are secret and sure. But I must not tell them even to 
you." 

^ You are too bold, Margaret," said the lady, '^ to traffic in 
such matters at your early age. It is not only dangerous, but 
even unbecoming and unmaidenly." 

^ I knew you would say that also," said Margaret, with more 
meekness and patience than she usually shewed on receiving 
reproof; " but, Grod knows, my heart acquits me of every other 
feeling save that of the wish to assist this most innocent and 
betrayed man. — I contrived to send him warning of his fHend's 
falsehood; — alas! my care has only hastened his utter ruin, 
unless speedy aid be found. He charged his false friend with 
treachery, and drew on him in the Park, and is now liable to the 
fatal penalty due for breach of privilege of the King's palace." 

** This is indeed an extraordinary tale," said Hermione ; " is 
Lord Glenvarloch then in prison !" 

^ No, madam, thank God, but in the Sanctuary at Whitefriars 

— it is matter of doubt whether it will protect him in such a case 

— they speak of a warrant from the Lord Chief Justice — A 
gentleman of the Temple has been arrested, and is in trouble, for 
having assisted him in his flight. — Even his taking temporary 
refuge in that base place, though from extreme necessity, will be 
used to the fartiier defaming him. All this I know, and yet I 
cannot rescue him — cannot rescue him save by your means." 

" By my means, maiden 1" said the hidy — ** you are beside 
yourself ! — What meana can I possess in this secluded situation, 
of assisting this unfortunate nobleman !" 

** You £ave means," said Margaret, eagerly ; " you have those 
means, unless I mistake greatly, which can do any thing — can 
do every thing, in this city, in this world — yon have wealth, and 
the command of a small portion (^ it will enable me to extricate 
him from his present danger. He will be enabled and directed 
how to make his escape — and I " she paused. 

<<Will accompany him, doubtless, and reap the fruits of 
jrour sage exertions in his behalf," said the Lady Hermione, 
ironically. 

** May Heaven forgive you the unjust thought, lady," answw- 
ed Margaret. " I will never see him more — but I shall hav# 
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" A cold conclusion to so bold and warm a flame," said tha 
lady, with a smile which seemed to intimato incredulity. 

^ It is, however, the only one which I expect, madam — I 
could almost say the only one which I wish — I am sure T wiH 
use no efforts to bring about any other ; if I am bold in his cause, 
J am dmorous enough in my own. During our only interview I 
was unable to speak a word to him. He knows not the sound ef 
my voice — and aU that I have risked, and must yet risk, I am 
doing for one, who, were he a^ed tie question, would say he has 
long since forgotton that he ever saw, spoke to, or sat beside, a 
creature of so Httle signification as I am.*' 

^ This is a strange and unreasonable indulgence of a passion 
equally fanciful and dangerous^'* said the Lady Hermione. 

^ You wtll not assist me, then V* said Mar^afet ; '* have good- 
day then, madam — my secret, I trust, is safe in such honourable 
keeping.*' 

** Tarry yet a little,** said the lady, ** and tell me what resource 
you have to assist iMs yonlih, if you were supplied with money to 
put it in motion.** 

'^ It is superfluous to ask me the question, madam,** answ^«d 
Margaret, ^ unless you purpose to asrast me ; and, if you do so 
purpose, it is still «uperfluoaB. You could not understand the 
means I must use, and time is too brief to explain.** 

'* But have you in reafity such means ^** said the tady. 

" I have, with the command of a moderate sum,** answered 
Margaret Ramsay, ^the power of baffling all his enemies — of 
Ending the passion of the irritated King — the colder but more 
determined displeasure of the Prince — the vindictive spirit of 
Bnckineham, so hastily directed against whomsoever crosses tin 
path of his ambition — the cold, concentrated malice of Lord 
Dalgamo — all, I can baffle them all !** 

^ But is this to be done without your own personal risk, 
Margaret ?** replied the lady ; " far, be your purposewhat it will, 
you are not to peril your own reputation or person, in ^e 
romantic attempt of serving anoti^; and I, maiden, am 
answerable to your godfather — to your benefactor, and my own 
— not to aid you in any dangerous or unworthy enterprise.** 

* Depend upon my word, — my oath, — dearest lady,** replied 
tile supplicant, ^ that I wHl act by the agency of others, and do 
not myself design to mingle in any enterprise in which my 
appearance might be ei&er perilous or unwomanly.** 

" I know not what to do,'* said the Lady Hermione ; " it is 
perhaps incautious and inconsiderate in me to aid so wild a pro- 
ject ; yet the end seems honourable, if the means be sure — What 
is ibe penalty, if he fall into their power V* 

^ Alas, alas ! the loss of his right hand !'* replied Margaret, her 
voice almost stifled wiHi sobs. 

" Are the Uws of England so cruel ! Then there is mercy in 
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are wolves to each other. — Compoee yourself, Margaret, and tell 
me what mon^ is necessary to secure Lord Glenyarloch's 
escape." 

** Two hundred pieces," replied Margaret ; ** T would speak to 
you of restoring tbem — and I must one day have the power — 
only that I know — that is, I think — your kdyship is indi£ferrat 
en that score." 

<* Not a word move of it^^said the lady; ^oall Monna Paula 
hither." 



CHAPTER XX. 

Credit me. Mend, it liath been otw thus, 

Sfaice the ark ratted on Mount Anu«t. 

False man hath swom, and woman hath believed— 

Repented and reproach'd, and then believed once more. 

The New World. 

Bt ihe time tiiat Margaret returned with Monna Paula, the 
Lady Hermione was runng from the table at which she had been 
engaged in writing sometUng on a small slip of paper, which she 
gave to her attencumt. 

^ Monna Paula," she said, '^ carry this paper to Roberts the 
ea^-keeper ; let him give you the money mentioned in ihe note, 
and bring it hither preeentiy." 

Monna Paula left the room, and her mistress proceeded. 

** I do not know," she said, ** Margaret, if I have done, and am 
doin^, well in this affair. My life has been one of strange seclu- 
sion, and I am totally unacquainted with the practical ways of 
this world — an ignorance which I know cannot be remedied by 
mere reading. — I fear I am doing wrong to you, and perhaps to 
the laws of &e country which affords me refuge, by thus indulg- 
ing you ; and yet there is something in my heart which cannot 
resist your entreaties." 

^Oh, listen to it — listen to it, dear, generous hidy !" said 
Margaret, throwing herself on her knees and grasping those of 
her benefactress, and looking in that attitude like a beautiful 
mortal in the act of supplicating her tutelary angel ; '' the laws of 
men are but the injunctions of mortality, but what the heart 
prompts is the echo of the voice from Heaven within us." 

•* Rise, rise, maiden," said Hermione ; " you affect me more 
than 1 thought I could have been moved by aught that should 
approach me. Rise, and tell me whence it comes, that, in so 
short a time, your thoughts, your looks, your speech, and even 
your slightest actions, are changed from those of a capricious and 
fanciful girl, to all this energy and impassioned eloquence of 
word and action !" 

** I am sure 1 know not, dearest lady," said Margaret, looking 
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thinkiug of trifles. What I now reflect is deep and serioos, aad 
I am tlmnkful if my speech and manner bear reasonable propor- 
tion to my thoughts." 

** It must be so," said the hidy ; << yet the change seems a n^id 
and strange one. It seems to be as if a childish girl had at 
once shot up into a deep-thinking and impassioned womaB, ready 
to make exertions alike, and sacrifices, with all that rain devo- 
tion to a favourite object of affection, which is often so basdy 
rewarded.** 

The Lady Hermione dghed bitterly, and Monna Paula entered 
ere the conversation prc^eeded farther. She spoke to her mis- 
tress in the foreign language in which they frequently conversed, 
but which was unknown to Margaret. 

^ We must have patience for a time,** said the lady to her 
visiter ; ^ the cash-keeper is abroad on some business, but he is 
expected home in the course of half an hour." 

Margaret wrung her hands in vexation and impatience. 

'^ Minutes are precious," continued the hidy, ^ that I am well 
aware of ; and we will at least suffer none of them to escape us. 
Monna Paula shall remain below and transact our business, the 
very instant that Roberts returns home." ' 

She spoke to her attendant accordin^y, who again left the 
room. 

** You are very kind, madam — very good," said the poor little 
Margaret, while the anxious trembling of her lip and of her hand 
shewed all that sickening agitation of me heart which arises fmm 
hope deferred. 

'* Be patient, Margaret, and collect yourself," said the lady ; 
** you may, you must, have much to do to carry through this 
your bold purpose — reserve your spirits, which you may need 
so much — be patient — it is the only remedy against the evils of 
life." ^ ^--e 

'' Yes, madam," said Margaret, wiping her eyes, and «[idea- 
vouring in vain to suppress me natural impatience of her temper, 
— ^ I have heard so — very often indeed ; and I daresay I have 
myself. Heaven forgive me, said so to people in perplexity and 
affliction ; but it was before I had suffered perplexity and vexa- 
tion myself, and I am sure I will never jMreach patience to any 
human being again, now that I know how mudi the medicine 
goes against the stomach." ^ 

^ You will think better of it, maiden," said the Lady Hermione ; 
^ I also, when I first felt distress, thought they did me wrong 
who spoke to me of patience ; but my sorrows have been re- 
peated and continued till I have been taught to cKng to it as the 
best, and — religious duties excepted, of which, indeed, patience 
forms a part— the only alleviation which life can afford them." 

Margaret, who neitiier wanted sense nor feeling, wiped her 
tears hastily, and asked her patroness's forgiveness for her 
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** I might have thought — " she said, *^ I ought to have reflected, 

that even from the maimer of your life, madam, it is plain you must 

. have suffered sorrow ; and yet, Crod knows, the patience which I 

have ever seen you display, well entitles you to recommend your 

own example to others." 

The lady was silent for a moment, and then replied — 

^ Margaret, I am about to repose a high confidence in you. 
You are no longer a child, but a thinking and a feeling woman. 
You have told me as much of your secret as you dared — I will 
let you know as much of mine as I may venture to tell. You 
will ask me, perhaps, why, at a moment when your own mind 
is agitated, I should force upon you the consideration of my 
sorrows! and I answer, that I cannot withstand the impulse 
which now induces me to do so. Perhaps from having witnessed^ 
for the first time these three years, the natural effects of human 
passion, my own sorrows have been awakeri(^, and are for the 
moment too big for my own bosom — perhaps I may hope that 
you, who seem driving full sail on the very rock on which I was 
wrecked for ever, will take warning by the tale I have to tell. 
Enough, if you are willing to listen, I am willing to tell you who 
the melancholy inhabitant of the Foljambe apartment really is, 
and why she resides here. It will serve, at least, to while 
away the time until Monna Paula shall bring us the reply from 
Roberts." 

At any other moment of her life, Margaret Ramsay would have 
heard with undivided interest a communication so flattering in 
itself, and referring to a subject upon which the general curiosity 
had been so strongly excited. And even at this agitating moment, 
although she ceased not to listen with an anxious ear and throb- 
bing heart for the sound of Monna Paula's returning footsteps, 
she nevertheless, as gratitude and policy, as well as a portion of 
curiosity dictated, composed herself, in appearance at least, to the 
strictest attention to the Lady Hermione, and thanked her with 
humility for the high confidence she was pleased to repose in her. 
The La[dy Hermione, with the same calmness which always at- 
tended her speech and actions, thus recounted her story to h&r 
young friend : 

'* My father," she siud, '' was a merchant, but he was of a 
<nty whose merchants are princes. I am the daughter of a noble 
house in Grenoa, whose name stood as high in honour and in anti- 
quity, as any inscribed in the Grolden Register of that fiEunous 
aristocracy. 

'^My mother was a noble Scottishwoman. She was descended 
— do not start — and not remotely descended, of the house of 
Glenvarloch — no wonder that I was easily led to take concern in 
the misfortunes of this young lord. He is my near relation, and 
my mother, who was more than sufficiently proud of her descent, 
early taught me to take ai) interest in the name. My maternal 
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the fortanes of an unhappy fugitive, Francis Earl of Bothweh, 
who, after shewing his miseries in many a foreign court, at length 
settled in Spain upon a miserable pension, wUch he earned by 
conforming to the Catholic faith. Ralph Olifaunt, my grandfather, 
separated trom him in disgust, and settled at Barcelona, where, 
by the friendship of the governor, his heresy, as it was teitaed, 
was connived at. My father, in the course of his commerce, 
resided more at Barcelona than in his native country, though at 
times he visited Genoa. 

^ It was at Barcelona that he became acquainted wilii my 
mother, loved her, and married her ; they differed in fdth, but 
they agreed in affection. I was their only child. In public I 
conformed to the doctrines and ceremonial of the church of Rome ; 
but my mother, by whom these were regarded with horror, 
piivately trained me up in those of the reformed religion ; and 
my father, either indifferent in liie matter, or unwilling to dis- 
tress the woman whom he loved, overlooked or oonniv^ at my 
secretly joining in her devotions. 

** But when, unhappily, my father was attacked, while yet in 
the prime of life, by a slow wasting disease, which he felt to be 
mcurable, he foresaw the hazard to which his widow and orphan 
might be exposed, after he was no more, in a country so bigoted 
to Catholicism as Spain. He made it his business, during the two 
last years of his life, to realize and to remit to England a large 
part of his fortune, which, by the faith tiiid honour of his corres- 
pondent, the excellent man und^r whose roof I now reside, was 
employed to great advantage. Had my father lived to complete 
his purpose, by withdrawing his whole fortune from commerce, 
he himself would have accompanied us to England, and would 
have beheld us settled in peace and honour before his death. But 
Heaven had ordained it otherwise. He died, leaving several 
sums engaged in the hands of his Spanish debtors ; and, in parti- 
cular, he had made a large and extensive consignment to a certain 
wealUiy society of merchants at Madrid, who shewed no willing- 
ness after his death to account for the proceeds. Would to God 
we had left these covetous and wicked men in possession of their 
booty, for such they seemed to hold the property of their deceased 
correspondent and friend ! We had enough for comfort, and 
even splendour, already secured in England ; but Mencte ex- 
claimed upon the folly of permitting liiese unprincif^d men to 
plutider us of our rightful property. The sum itself was large, 
and the claim having been made, my mother thought that my 
father's memory was interested in its being enforced, especially 
as the defences set up for the mercantile society went, in some 
degree, to impeach the fairness of his transactions. 

** We went therefore to Madrid. I was then, my Margaret, 
about your age, young and thoughtless, as you have hitiierto 
been — We went, I say, to Madrid, to solicit the protection 
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tvoold be in vain to expect justice against an opulent and powerfol 
association. 

** Our residence at the Spanish metropofis drew on from weeks to 
months. For my part, my natural sorrow for a kind, though not 
a fond fath^, having abated, I cared not if the lawsuit had 
detained us at Madrid for ever. My mother permitted herself 
and me rather more liberty than we had been accustomed to. 
She found relations amone the Scottish and Irish officers, many 
of whom held a high rank m the Spanish armies ; their wives and 
daughters became our friends and companions, and I had perpe* 
tual oocaoon to exercise my mother's native language, which I 
had learned from mv infancy. By degrees, as my mother's 
spirits were low, and her healdi indifferent, she was induced, by 
her partial fondness for me, to suffer me to mingle oceaaonally in 
society which she herself did not frequent, under the guardianship 
of such ladies as she imagined she eould trust, and particularly 
under the care of the lady of a general officer, whose weakness or 
falsehood was the original cause of my mirfortune. I was as gay, 
Margaret, and thoughtless — I again repeat it — as you were but 
lately, and my attention, hke yours, became suddenly riveted to 
one object, and to one set of feeUngs. 

''The person by whom they were excited was young, noble, 
handsome, accomplished, a soldier, and a Briton. So far our 
cases are nearly parallel ; but, may 'Heaven forbid that the 
parallel should become complete ! This man, so noble, so fiurly 
formed, so gifted, and so brave — this tiUain, for thaf, Margaret, 
was his fittest name, spoke of love to me, and I listened -~ Could 
I suspect his sincerity ? If he was wealthy, noble, and long- 
descended, I also was a noble and an opulent heiress. It is true, 
that he neither knew the extent of my father's wealth, nor did I 
communicate to him (I do not even remember if I myself knew 
it at Ihe time) the important circumstance, that the greater part 
of that wealth was beyond the grasp of arl^trary power, and not 
subject to the precarious award of arlntrary iudges. My lover 
mi^t think, perhaps, as my mother was desirous the world at 
large should believe, that almost our whole fortune depended on 
the precarious suit which we had come to Madrid to prosecute — 
a belief which she had countenanced out of policy, being well 
aware that a knowledge of my father's having remitted such a 
large part of his fortune to England, would in no shape aid the 
recovery of farther sums in the Spanish courts. Yet, with no 
more extensive views of my fortune than were possessed by the 
public, I believe that he, of whom I am speaking, was at first 
sincere in his pretensions. He had himself interest sufficient to 
have obtained a decision in our favour in the courts, and my 
fortune, reckoning only what was in Spain, would then have been 
no inconsiderable sum. To be brief, whatever might be his 
motives or temptation for so far committing himself, he applied to 
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mother's judgment had become weaker, but her passioiis had 
become more irritable, during her increasing illness. 

** You have heard of the bitterness of the ancient Scottish 
feuds, of which it may be said, in the language of Scripture, that 
the fkthers eat sour grapes, and the teeth of the children are 
set on edge. Unhappily, — I should say happily , considering 
what this man has now shewn himself to be, — some such strain 
of bitterness had divided his house from my mother's, and she 
had succeeded to the inheritance of hatred. When he asked her 
for my hand, she was no longer able to command her pa&»ions — 
she raked up eyery injury which the rival families had inflicted 
upon each other during a bloodv feud of two centuries — heaped 
him with epithets of scorn, and rejected his proposal of alliance, 
as if it had come from the basest of mankind. 

** My lover retired in passion ; and I remained to weep ana 
murmur against fortune, and — I will confess my fault — against 
my affectionate parent. I had been educated with different 
feelings, and the traditions of the feuds and quarrels of my 
mother's family in Scotland, which were to her monuments and 
chronicles, seemed to me as insignificant and unmeaning as the 
actions and fantasies of Don Quixote ; and I blamed my mother 
bitteriy for sacrificing my happiness to an empty dream of family 
dignity. 

** While I was in this humour, my lover sought a renewal of 
our intercourse. We met repeatedly in the house of the lady 
whom I have mentioned, and who, in levity, or in the spirit of 
intrigue, countenanced our secret correspondence. At length we 
were secretly married — so far did my blinded passion hurry me. 
My lover had secured the assistance of a clergyman of the English 
church. Monna Paula, who had been my attendant from infimcy, 
was one witness of our union. Let me do the faithful creature 
justice — She conjured me to suspend my purpose till my mother's 
death should permit us to celebrate our mai'riage openly ; but the 
entreaties of my lover, and my own wayward passion, prevailed 
over her remonstrances. The lady I have spoken of was another 
witness, but whether she was in full possession of my bridegroom's 
secret, I had never the means to learn. But the shelter of her 
name and roof afforded us the means of frequently meetine, and 
the love of my husband seemed as sincere and as unbounded as 
my own. 

** He was eager, he said, to gratify his pride, by introdudng 
me to one or two of his noble English friends. This could not be 
done at Lady D-^ — 's ; but by his command, which I was now 
entitled to consider as my law, I contrived twice to visit him at 
his own hotel, accompanied only by Monna Paula. There was a 
very snudl party, of two Udies and two gentlemen. Thwe was 
music, mirth, and dancing. I had heard of the frankness of the 
English nation, but I could not help thinking it bordered on 
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lation which followed ; but I imputed my scruples to my inexpe- 
rience, and would not doubt the propriety of what was approyed 
by my husband. 

" I was soon summoned to other scenes : My poor mother's 
disease drew to a conclusion — Happy I am that it took place 
before she discoyered what would have cut her to the soul. 

" In Spain you may have heard how the Catholic priests, and 
particularly the monks, besiege the beds of the dying, to obtaiik 
bequests for the good of the church. I haye said that my mother's 
temper was irritated by disease, and her judgment impaired in 
proportion. She gathered spirits and force m>m the resentment 
which the priests around her bed excited by their importunity, 
and the boldness of the stem sect of Reformers, to which she had 
secretly adhered, seemed to animate her dying tongue. She 
ayowed the religion she had so long concealed ; renounced all 
hope and aid \niich did not come by and through its dictates ; 
rejected with contempt the ceremonial of the Romish church ; 
loaded the astonished priests with reproaches for their greediness 
and hypocrisy, and commanded them to leaye her house. They 
went in bitterness and rage, but it was to return with the inqui- 
sitorial power, its warrants, and its officers ; and they found only 
the cold corpse left of her, on whom they had hoped to work their 
yengeance. As I was soon discovered to have shi^ed my mother's 
heresy, I was dragged from her dead body, imprisoned in a soli- 
tary cloister, and treated with seyerity, which the Abbess assured 
me was due to the looseness of my Ufe, as well as my spiritual 
errors. I ayowed my marriage, to justify the situation in which 
I found myself — I implored the assistance of the Superior to 
communicate my situation to my husband. She smiled coldly at 
the proposal, and told me the church had provided a better 
spouse for me ; advised me to secure myself of divine grace here- 
after, and deserve milder treatment here, by presently taking the 
veil. In order to convince me that I had no other resource, she 
shewed me a royal decree, by which all my estate was hypothe- 
cated to the convent of Saint Magdalen, and became their com- 
plete property upon my death, or my taking the vows. As I 
was, hoih from religious principle, and affectionate attachment to 
my husband, absolutely immovable in my rejection of the veil, I 
believe — may Heaven forgive me if I wrong her I — that the 
Abbess was desirous to make sure of my spoilt by hastening the 
former event. 

" It was a small and a poor convent, and situated among the 
mountains of Guadarrama. Some of the sisters were the daugh- 
ters of neighbouring Hidalgoes, as poor as they were proud and 
ignorant ; others were women immured there on account of their 
vicious conduct. The Superior herself was of a high family, to 
which she owed her situation ; but she was said to have dis^;raoed 
her connections by her conduct during youth, and now, in ad- 
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and oroieUy, had saeeeeded to tbe ^rst after licentiouB jdeasore. 
I suffered muck under this woman — and still her dark, glassy 
eye, her tall, shroaded focm, and her rigid featuresi, haunt my 
siumbera. 

'^ I was not destined to be a mother. I was very ill, and my 
recovery was long doubtful. The most violent remedies were 
applied, if remedies they indeed were. My health was restored 
at length, against my own expectation and that of all around me. 
But, when I first again beheld the reflection of my own face, I 
thought it was the visage of a ghost. I was wont to be flattered 
by aU, but particularly by my husband, for the fineness of my 
compiexioB — it was now totally gone, and what is more extr^ 
ordinary, it has never returned. I have observed that the few 
who now see me, look upon me as a bloodless phantom — Such 
has been the abiding effect of the treatment to which I was sub- 
jected. May God forgive those who were the agents of it ! — I 
thank Heaven T can say so with as sincere a wish, as that with 
which I pray for forgiveness of my own sins. They now relented 
BomewhiU towards me — moved periu^ to compassion by my 
singular appearance, i^ch bore witness to my suflerings ; or 
afraid that the matter might attract attention during a visitation 
of the biriiop, which was approaching. One day, as I was walking 
m the convent-garden, to which I had been lately admitted, a 
miserable old Moorish sUive, who was kept to cultivate the littie 
spot, muttered as I passed him, but still keeping bis wrinkled 
&ce and decrepit form in the same angle with the earth — ' There 
is Heart's Ease near the postern.' 

" I knew something of the symbolical language of flowers, once 
carried to such perfection among the Moriscoes of Spain ; but, if 
I had been ignorant of it, the captive would soon have caught at 
any hint that seemed to promise liberty. With all the haste 
eonsistent with the utmost circumspection — for I might be 
observed by the Abbess or some of the sisters from the window 

— I hastened to the post^m. It was closely barred as usual, 
but when I coughed slightiy, I was answered from the other side 

— and, Heaven ! it was my husband's voice which said, ' Lose 
not a moment here at presont, but be on this spot when the ves- 
per bell has tolled.' 

^ I retired in an ecstasy of joy. I was not entitied or permitted 
to assist at vespers, but was accustomed to be confined to my 
cell while the nuns were in the choir. Since my recovery, they 
had discontinued locking the door ; though the utmost severity 
was denounced against me if I left these precincts. But, let the 
penalty be what it would, I hastened to dare it. — No sooner had 
the last toll of the vesper bell ceased to sound, than I stole from 
my chamber, reached the garden unobserved, hurried to the 
p(xstem, beheld it open with rapture, and in the next moment was 
in my husband's arms. He had with him another cavalier of 
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one saddled for my use, stood in a thicket hard by, with two othez 
masked horsemen, who seemed to be servants. In less than two 
minutes we were mounted, and rode off as fast as we could through 
rough and devious roads, in which one of the domestics appeared 
to act as guide. 

^ The hurried pace at which we rode, and the anxiety of the 
moment, kept me silent, and prevented my expressing ray sur- 
prise or my joy save in a few broken words. It also served as 
an apology for my husband's silence. At length we stopped at a 
solitary hut — the cavaliers dismounted, and I was assisted from 

my saddle, not by M M my husband, I would say, who 

seemed busied about his horse, but by the stranger. 

<' ' Go into the hut,' said my husband, ' change your dress with 
the speed of lightning — you will find one to assist you — we must 
forward instantly when you have shifted your apparel.' 

'' I entered the hut, and was received in the arms <^ the faith- 
ful Monna Paula, who had waited my arrival for many hours, 
half distracted with fear and anxiety. With her assistance I 
speedily tore off the dete^ed garments of the convent, and 
exchanged them for a travelling suit, made after the English 
fashion. I observed that Monna Paula was in a similar drees. I 
had but just huddled on my change of attire, when we were 
hastily summoned to mount. A horse, I found, was provided for 
Monna Paula, and we resumed our route. On the way, my con- 
vent gwb, which had been wrapped hastily together around a 
stone, was thrown into a lake, along the verge of which we were 
then passing. The two cavaliers rode together in front, my 
attendant and I followed, and the servants brought up the rear. 
Monna Paula, as we rode on, repeatedly entreated me to be 
silent vkpf^n the road, as our Uves depended on it. I was easily 
reconciled to be passive, for, the first fever of spirits which 
attended the sense of liberation and of gratified affection having 
passed away, I felt as it were dizzy with the rapid motion ; and 
my utmost exertion was necessary to keep my place on the 
saddle, until we suddenly (it was now very dark) saw a strong 
light before us. 

^ My husband reined up his horse, and gave a signal by a low 
whistie twice repeated, which was answered from a distance. 
The whole party then halted under the boughs of a large cork- 
tree, and my husband, drawing himself close to my side, said, in 
a voice which I then thought was only embarrassed by fear for 
my safety, — * We nmst now part. Those to whom I commit you 
are Mntrcibandists, who only know you as Englishwomen, but who, 
for a high bribe, have undertaken to escort you through the 
passes of the Pyrenees as far as Saint Jean de Luz.' 

^ And do ifou not go with us V* I exchumed with emphasis, 
though in a whisper. 

^ ' It is impossible,' he said, ' and would nun all — See that you 
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sign of understanding what they say in Spanish — your life 
depends on it ; for, though they liFe in opposition to, and evasion 
of, the kiws of Spain, they would tremble at the idea of violating 
those of the church — I see them coming — Carewell — farewell? 

''The last words were hastily utterod — I endeavoured to 
detain him yet a moment by my feeble grasp on his cloak. 

'^ 'You will meet me, then, I trust, at Samt Jean de Luz V 

** * Yes, yes,' he answered hastily, ' at Saint Jean de Luz you 
will meet your protector.' 

<< He then extricated his ^oak from my gnuro, and was lost iu 
the darkness. His companion approached — Jussed my hand, 
which in the agony of the moment I was scarce sensible of, and 
followed my husband, attended by one of the domestics." 

The tears of Hermione here flowed so £ast as to threaten the 
interruption of her narrative. — When she resumed it, it was with 
a kind of apology to Margaret. 

^ Ewery circumstance," she said, '^ occurring in these moments, 
when I still enjoyed a delusive idea of happiness, is deeply 
imprinted in my remembrance, which, re^)ecting all that has 
-since happened, is waste and unvaried as an Arabian desert 
But I have no right to inflict on you, Margaret, agitated as you 
are with your own anxieties, the unavailing details of my useless 
recollections.'* 

Margaret's eyes were full of tears — it was impossible it could 
be otherwise, considering that the tale was told by her suffering 
bene&etress, and resembled, in some respects, her own situation ; 
and yet she must not be severely bhimed, if, while eagerly press- 
ing her patroness to continue her narrative, her eye involuntarily 
sought the door, as if to chide the delay of Monna Paula. 

'Hie Lady Hermione saw and forgave these conflicting emotions; 
and she, too, must be pardoned, if, in her turn, the minute detail 
•of her narrative shewed, that, in the discharge of feelings so long 
locked in her own bosom, she rather forgot those which were 
personal to her auditor, and by which it must be supposed 
Margaret's mind was principaUy occupied, if not entirely 
engrossed. 

^ I told you, I think, that one domestic followed the ^ntiemen," 
thus the Jady eontinued her story, ^ the other remamed with us 
for the purpose, as it seemed, of introducing us to two persons 

whom M f I say, whom my husband's signal had brought tc 

the spot. A word or two of explanation passed between them and 
the servant, in a sort of jcxUois, which I did not understand ; and 
one of the staingers taking hold of my bridle, the other of Monna 
Paula's, they led us towards the light, which I have already said 
was the signal of our halting. I touched Monna Paula, and was 
sensible tmU; she trembled very much, which surprised me, be- 
cause I knew her character to be so strong and bold as to border 
upon the masculine. 

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sanronnded it, with their swarthy features, large Soml»rero hats, 
girdles stack full of pistols and poniards, and all the other appa- 
ratus of a roving and perilous life, would havp terrified me at 
another moment. But then I only felt the agony of having parted 
from my husband almost in the very moment of my rescue. The 
females of the gang — for there were four or five women amongst 
these contraband traders — ^received us with a sort of rude courtesy. 
Tliey were, in dress and mannerei, not extremely different from 
the men with whom they associated — were almost as hardy and 
Adventurous, carried arms like them, and were, as we learned, 
from passing circumstances, scarce less experienced in the use of 
them. 

" It was impossible not to fear these wild people; yet they gave 
us no reason to complun of them, but used us on all occasions 
with a kind of clumsy courtesy, accommodating themselves to our 
wants and our weakness during the journey, even while we heard 
them grumbling to each other against our effeminacy, — like some 
rude carrier, who, in charge of a package of valuable and fragile 
ware, takes every precaution for its preservation, while he curses 
the unwonted trouble which it occasions him. Once or twice, 
when they were disappointed in their contraband traffic, lost 
some gooi in a rencontre with the Spanish officers of the revenue, 
and were finally pursued by a military force, their murmurs 
assumed a more alarming tone, in the terrified ears of my atten- 
dant and myself, when, without daring to seem to understand 
them, we heard them curse the insular heretics, on whose account 
Crod, Saint James, and Our Lady of the Pillar, had blighted 
their hopes of profit. These are dreadful recollections, Mar- 
garet." 

** Why, then, dearest lady," answered Margaret, ** will you 
thus dwell on them !" 

" It is only," said the Lady Hermione, " because I linger like 
a criminal on the scaffold, and would fain protract the time that 
must inevitably bring on the final catastrophe. Yes, dearest 
Margaret, I rest and dwell on the events of that journey, marked 
as it was by fatigue and danger, though the road lay through the 
wildest and most desolate deserts and mountains, and though our 
companions, both men and women, were fierce and lawless them- 
selves, and exposed to the most merciless retaliation from those 
with whom they were constantly engaged — yet would I rather 
(iwell on these hazardous events than tell that which awaited me 
at Saint Jean de Luz." 

** But you arrived there in safe^ !" said Margaret 
■ ** Yes, maiden," replied the Lady Hermione ; ^ and were 
euided by the chief of our outlawed band to the house which had 
been assigned for our reception, with the same punctilious accu- 
racy with which he would have delivered a bale of uncustcmied 
goods to a correspondent. I was told a gentleman had expected 
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expected to embrace my husband — I found mywlf in the arms 
of his friend I** 

'< The villain !" exchumed Margaret, whose anxiety had, in 
B(»te of herself, been a moment suspended by the narratiTe of 
thebdy. 

" Yes," replied Hermione, calmly, tiiough her voice somewhat 
faltered, *' it is the name that best — ^that well befits him. He, 
Margaret, for whom I had sacrificed all — whose love and whose 
memory were dearer to me than my freedom, when I was in the 
convent — than my life, when I was on my perilous journey — 
had taken his measures to shake me off, and transfer me, as 
a privileged wanton, to the protection of his libertine friend. 
At first &e stranger Uiughed at my tears and my agony, as tlie 
hysterical passion of a deluded and overreached wanton, or the 
wily affectation of a courtezan. My claim of marriage he laughed 
at, assuring me he knew it was a mere farce required by me, and 
submitted to by his friend, to save some reserve of delicacy ; and 
expressed his surprise that I should consider in any other light 
a ceremony which could be valid neither in Spain nor England, 
and insultingly offered to remove my scruples, by renewing such 
a union with me himself. My exclamations brought Monna Paula 
to my aid — she was not, indeed, fiur distant, for she had expected 
some such scene." 

<< Good Heaven !" said Margaret, << was she a confidant of your 
base husband V* 

*^ No," answered Hermione, " do her not that injustice. It 
was her persevering inquiries that discovered the place of my 
eonfinememt — it was she who gave the information to my hus- 
band, and who remarked even then that the news was so much 
Biore interestiBg to his friend than to him, that tibe suspected 
from an early period, it was the purpose of the villain to shake 
roe off. On the journey, her sUBjncions were confirmed. She 
had heard him remark to his companion with a cold sarcastic 
sne^, the total change which my prison and my illness had made 
on my complexion ; and she had heard the other reply, that the 
defect might be cured by a touch of Spanish red. This and other 
circumstances having prepared her for such treachery, Monna 
Paula now entered, completely possessed of herself, and prepared 
to support me. Her calm representations went farther wiUi the 
stranger than the expressions of my despair. If he did not 
entirely believe our tale, he at least acted the part of a man of 
honour, who would not intrude himself on defenceless females, 
whatever was their character ; desisted from persecuting us with 
his presence ; and not only directed Monna Paula how we should 
journey to Paris, but furnished her with money for the purpose 
of our journey. From the ca{»tal I wrote to Master Heriot, my 
fiEither's most trusted correspondent ; he came instantly to^aris on 

receiving the letter ; and But here comes Monna Paula,, with 

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serve this youik if you wilL But O Margaret, look for no grati- 
tude in return !" 

The Lady Hermione took the hag of gold from her attendant, 
and gave it to her young friend, who threw herself into her amui, 
kissed her on both the pale cheeks, over which the sorrows so 
newly awakened by her narrative had drawn many tears, then 
sprung up, wiped her o^n overflowing eyes, and left the Foljambe 
apartment with a hasty and resolved step. 



CHAPTER XXI. 

Rove not from pole to pole — the man lives here 
"Whose raior 's only equall'd by his beer ; 
And where, in either sense, the cockney-put 
May, if he pleases, get^confounded cut. 

On the tlgn of an Alehouse kept by a Barber. 

We are under the necessity of transporting our readers to the 
habitation of Benjamin Suddlechop, the husband of the active 
and efficient Dame Ursula, and who also, in his own person, dis- 
charged more offices than one. For, besides trimming locks and 
beards, and turning whiskers upward into the martial and swag- 
gering curl, or downward into the drooping form which became 
mustaches of civil policy ; besides also occasionally letting blood, 
either by cupping or by the lancet, extracting a stump, and per- 
forming other actions of petty pharmacy, very nearly as well as 
his neighbour Raredrench, the apothecary ; he could, on occasion, 
draw a cup of beer as well as a tooth, tap a hogshead as well as 
a vein, and wash, with a draught of good ale, the mustaches 
which his art had just trimmed. But he carried on these trades 
apart from each other. 

His barber's shop projected its long and mysterious pole into 
Fleet Street, painted parti-coloured-wise, to represent the ribbons 
with which, in elder times, that ensign was garnished. Tn the 
window were seen rows of teeth displayed upon strings like 
rosaries — cups with a red rag at the bottom, to resemble blood, 
an intimation that patients might be bled, cupped, or blistered, 
with the assbtance of ** sufficient advice ;" while the more profit- 
able, but less honourable operations upon the hair of the head 
and beard, wei*e briefly and gravely announced. Within was the 
well-worn leathern chair for customers, the guitar, then called a 
ghittem or cittern, with which a custfimer might amuse himself 
BU hit predecessor was dismissed from under Benjamin's hands, 
and which, therefore, often flayed the ears of the patient meta- 
phorically, while his chin sustained from the razor literal 
scarification. All, therefore, in this department, spoke the 
chirurgeon-barber, or the barber-chirurgeon. 

But tliere was a Uttle back-room, used as a private tap-room, 

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which had a separate entrance by a dark and crooked alley, whidi 
communicated with Fleet Street, after a circuitous passage through 
several by-lanes and courts. This retired temple of Bacchus had 
also a connection with Benjamin's more public shop by a long 
and narrow entrance, conducting to the secret premises in which 
a few old topers used to take their morning draught, and a few 
gill-sippers their modicum of strong waters, in a bashfiil way, 
after having entered the l)arber*fl sliop under pretence of being 
shaved. Besides, this obscure tap-room gave a separate admis- 
sion to the apartments of Dame Ursley, which she was believed 
to make use ot in the course of her multifarious practice, both to 
let herself secretly out, and to admit clients and employers who 
cai'ed not to be seen to visit her In public. Accordingly, after 
the hour of noon, by which time the modest and timid whetters, 
who were Benjamin's best customers, had each had his draught^ 
or his thimbleful, the business of the tap was in a manner ended, 
and the charge of attending the back-door passed from one of the 
barber's apprentices to the little mulatto girl, the dingy Iris of 
Dame Suddlechop. Then came mystery thidc upon mystery ; 
muffled gallants, and masked females, in disguises of diiferent 
fashions, were seen to glide through the intricate mazes of tlie 
alley; and even the low tap on the door, which frequently 
demanded the attention of the little Creole, had in it something 
that expressed secrecy and fear of discovery. 

It was the evening of the same day when Margaret had held 
the long conference with the Lady Hermione, that Dame Suddle- 
chop had directed her little portress to '' keep the door fast as a 
miser's purse-strings ; and, as she valued her saffron shin, to let 
in none but ^* the name she added in a whisper, and accom- 
panied it with a nod. The little domestic blinked intelligence, 
went to her post, and in brief time thereafter admitted and 
1 ushered into the presence of the dame, that very city-gallant 
whose clotnes sat so awkwardly upon him, and who had behaved 
so doughtily in the fray which befell at Nigel's first visit to 
Beaujeu's ordinary. The mulatto introduced him — ** Missis, fine 
voung gentleman, all over gold and velvet" — tlien muttered to 
herself as she shut the door, " fine young gentleman, h^ ! — 
apprentice to him who makes the tick-tick." 

It was indeed — we are sorry to say it, and trust our readers 
will sympathize with tlie interest we take in the matter — it was 
indeed honest Jin Yin, who had been so far left to his own 
devices, and abandoned by his better angel, as occasionally to 
travesty himself in this fcbshion, and to visit, in the dress of a 
gallant of the day, those places of pleasure and dissipation, in 
which it would have been everlasting discredit to him to have 
been seen in his real oli{u*acter and condition ; that is, had it 
been possible for him in his proper shape to have gained admis- 
sion. There was now a deep gloom on his brow, his rich habit 
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disorderly fashion, so tiiat his sword stock outwards from his side, 
instead of hanging by it with graceful negligence; while his 
poniard, though fairly hatched and gilded, stuck in his girdle like 
a butcher's steel in the fold of his blue apron. Persons o^ fashion 
had, by the way, the advantage formerly of being better distin- 
guished from the vulgar than at present ; for, what the ancient 
farthingale and more modem hoop were to court ladies, the 
sword was to the gentleman; an article of dress, which only 
rendered those ridiculous who assumed it for the nonce, without 
being in the, habit of wearing it. Vincent's rapier got between 
his legs, and, as he stumbled over it, he exclaimed — '^ Zounds ! 
'tis the second time it has served me thus — I believe the 
damned trinket knows I am no true gentleman, and does it of set 
purpose." 

"Come, come, mine honest Jin Vin — come, my good boy," 
said the dame, in a soothing tone, " never mind tiiese trankums — 
a frank and hearty London 'prentice is worth all the gallants of 
the inns of court." 

" I toot a frank and hearty , London 'prentice before I knew 
yon. Dame Suddlechop," said Vincent ; *^ what your advice has 
made me, you may find a name for ; since, fore Greorge ! I am 
ashamed to think about it myself." 

" A-well-a-day," quoth the dame, " and is it even so with thee I 
— nay, then, I know but one cure;" and with that, going to a 
little comer cupboard of carved wainscot, she opened it by the 
assistance of a key, which, with half-a-dozen besides, hung in a 
silver chain at her girdle, and produced a long flask of thin glass 
cased with wicker, bringing forth at the same time two Flemish 
rummer glasses, yntli long stalks and capacious wombs. She 
filled the one brimful for her guest, and the other more modestly 
to about two-thirds of its capacity, for her own use, repeating as 
the rich cordial trickled forth in a smooth oily stream — " Right 
Rosa Solis, as ever waslied mulligrubs out of a moody brain !" 

But, though Jin Vin tossed off his glass without scrapie, while 
the lady sipped hers more moderately, it did not appear to produce 
the expected amendment upon his humour. On die contrary, as 
he threw himself into the great leathern chair, in which Dame 
Ursley was wont to solace herself of an evening, he declared 
himself " the most miserable dog within the sound of Bow-bell." 

** And why should you be so idle as to think yourself so, silly 
boy ?" said Dame Suddlechop ; " but 'tis always thus — fools and 
children never know when they are well. Why, there is not one 
that walks in Sain<; Paul's, whether in flat cap, or hat and feather, 
that has so many kind ghmces from the wenches as you, when ye 
swagger along Fleet Street with your bat under your arm, and 
your cap set aside upon your head. Thou knowest well, that, 
from Mrs Deputy's self down to the waistcoateers in the alley, ali 
of them are twiring and peeping betwixt their fingers when you 
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yoa all this over and oyer again, as if I were whistling the chimes 
of Xiondon to a pettish child, in order to bring the pretty babjr 
into good humour !" 

The flattery of Dame Ursula seemed to have the tate of her 
cordial — it was swallowed, indeed, by the party to whom she 
presented it, and that with some degree of relish, but it did not 
operate as a sedative on the disturbed state of the youth's mind 
He laughed for an instant, half in scorn, and hiJf in gratified 
vanity, but cast a sullen look on Dame Ursley as he replied to 
her last words. 

'* You do treat me like a child indeed, when you sing over 
and over to me a cuckoo song that I care not a copper-filiug 
for." 

^ Aha !" said Dame Ursley ; *^ that is to say, you care not if 
you please all, unless you please one — You are, a true lover, I 
warrant, and care not for all the dty, from here to Whitechapel, 
so you could write yourself first in your pretty Peg>a-Ramsay's 
good-will. Well, well, take patience, man, and be guided by me, 
for I will be the hoop will bind you together at last." 

^ It is time you were so," said Jenkm, ^ iar hitherto you have 
rather been the wedge to separate us," 

Dame Suddlechop had by this time finished her cordial — it 
was not the first she had taken that day ; and, though a iKK»man 
of strong brain, and cautious at least, If not abstemious, in her 
potations, it may nevertheless be supposed that her patience was 
not improved by the regimen which she observed. 

'' Why, thou ungracious and ingrate knave," said Dame Ursley, 
" have I not done every thing to put thee in thy mistress's good 
graces ? She loves gentry, the proud Scottish minx, as a Welsh- 
man loves cheese, and luis her father's descent from that Duke 
of Daldevil, or whatsoever she calls him, as close in her heart as 
gold in a miser's chest, though she as seldom shews it — and none 
she will think of, or have, but a gentleman — and a gentleman 
I have made of thee, Jin Yin, the devil cannot deny that." 

^ You have made a fool of me," said poor Jenkin, looking at 
the sleeve of his jacket. 

<' Never the worse gentleman for that," said Dame Ursley, 
laughing. 

*' And what is worse," said he, turning his back to h^ suddenly, 
and writhing in his chair, " you have made a rogue of me." 

" Never the worse gentleman for that neitSer," said Dame 
Ursley, in the same tone ; *< let a man bear his folly gaily and 
his knavery stoutly, and let me see if gravity or honesty will look 
him in the face now-a-days. Tut, man, it was only in the time 
of King Arthur or King Lud, that a gentleman was held to 
blemish his scutcheon by a leap over the line of reason or 
honesty — It is the bold look, the ready hand, the fine clothesj 
the brisk oath, and the wild brain, that makes the gallant now- 
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* I know what ^ou have made me," said Jin "Vin ; " since I 
have given up skittle and trap-ball for tennis and bowfs, good 
English ale for thin Bourdeaux and sour Rhenish, roast-beef 
and pudding for wood-cocks and kickshaws, — my bat for a 
eword, my cap for a beaver, my forsooth for a modish oath, my 
Christmas-box for a ^ice-box, my religion for the devil's matins, 

and mine honest name for Woman, I could brain thee, 

when I think whose advice has guided me in all this !'* 

" Whose advice, then 1 whose advice, then I Speak out, thou 
poor, petty cloak-brusher, and say who advised thee !" retorted 
l)ame Ursley, flushed and indignant — "Marry come up, my 
paltry companion — say by whose advice you have made a game- 
feter of yourself, and a thief besides, as your words would bear — 
The Lord deliver us from evil !" And here Dame Ursley devoutly 
crossed herself. 

" Hark ye. Dame Ursley Suddlechop," said Jenkin, starting 
up, his dark eyes flashing with anger ; " remember I am none of 
your husband — and, if I were, you would do well not to forget 
whose threshold was swept when they last rode the Skimmington* 
upon such another scolding jade as yourself." 

" I hope to see you ride up Holbom next," said Dame Ursley, 
provoked out of aU her holiday and sugar-plum expressions, 
** with a nosegay at your breast and a parson at yo *c elbow." 

** That may well be," answered Jin Vin, bitterly, " if I walk 
by your counsels as I have begun by them ; but, before that day 
comes, you shall know that Jin Vin has the brisk boys of Fleet 
Street still at his wink. — Yes, you jade, you shall be carted for 
bawd and conjurer, double-dyed in grain, and bing off to Bride- 
well, and every brass basin betwixt the Bar and Paul's beating 
before you, as if the devil were banging them with his beef- 
hook." 

Dame Ursley coloured like scarlet, seized upon the half-emptied 
flask of cordial, and seemed, by her first gesture, about to hurl 
it at the head of her adversary ; but suddenly, and as if by 
a strong internal effort, she checked her outrageous resent- 
ment, and, putting the bottle to its more legitimate use, filled, 
yriih wonderful composure, the two glasses, and, taking up one of 
them, said, with a smile, which better became her comely and 
jovial countenance than the fury by which it was animated thct 
moment before — 

•* Here is to thee, Jin Vin, my lad, in all loving kindness, 
whatever spite thou bearest to me, that have always been a 
mother to thee." 

Jenkin's English good nature could not resist this forcible 
appeal ; he took up the other glass, and lovingly pledged the 
dame in her cup of reconciliation, and proceeded to make a kind 
of grumbling apology for his own violence — 

" For you know," he said, " it was you persuaded me to get 
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these fine things, and go to that godless ordinary, and raffle it 
with the best, and bring yon home all the news ; and you said^ 
I, that Vas the cock of the ward, would soon be the cock of the 
ordinary, and would win ten times as much at gleek and [»rimeroy 
as I used to do at put and beggar-my-neighbour — and turn up 
doublets with the dice, as busily as I was wont to trowl down 
the ninepins in the skittle-ground — and then you said I should 
bring you such news out of the ordinary as should make us all, 
when used as you knew how to use it — and now you see what is 
to come of it all I" 

<< 'Tis all true thou sayest, lad,^ said the dame; <<but thoti 
must have patience. Rome was not built in a day — you cannot 
become used to your court-suit in a month's time, any more than 
when you changed your long coat for a doublet and hose ; and 
in gaming you must expect to lose as well as gain — 'tis the 
sitting gamester sweeps tlie board.'' 

^ 'Hie board has swept me, I know," replied Jui Yin, ^ and 
that pretty clean out. — T would that were the worst ; but I owe 
for all this finery, and settling-day is coming on, and my master 
will find my accompt worse than it should be, by a score of 

fieces. My old father will be called in to make them good ; and 
— may save the hangman a labour and do the job myself, or 
go the Virginia voyage." 

** Do not speak so loud, my dear boy," said Dame Ursley ; 
*' but tell me why you borrow not from a friend to make up your 
arrear. You could lend him as much when his settling-day 
came around." 

" No, no — I have had ^ough of that work," said Vincent 
<< Tunstall would lend me the money, poor fellow, an he had it ; 
but his gentle, beggarly kindred, plunder him of all, and keep 
him as bare as a birch at Christmas. No — my fortune may be 
spelt in four letters, and these read, ruin." 

** Now hush, you simple craven," said the dame ; ** did you 
never hear, that when the need is highest the help is nighest I 
We may find aid for you yet, and sooner than you are aware 
of. I am sure I would never have advised you to such a course, 
but only you had set heart and eye on pretty Mistress Margety 
and less would not serve you — and what could I do but advise 
you to cast your city-slough, and try your luck where folks find 
fortune ?" 

" Ay, ay — I remember your counsd well," said Jenkin ; ** I 
was to be introduced to her by you when I was perfect in my 
gallantries, and as rich as the King ; and then she was to be ' 
surprised to find I was poor Jin Vin, that used to watch, from 
matin to curfew, for one glance of her eye ; and now, instead of 
that, she has set her soul on that Scottish sparrow-hawk of a lord 
that won my last tester, and be cursed to him ; and so I am 
bankrupt in love, fortune, and character, before I am out of my 
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* Do not call me out of my own name, my dear boy, Jin Vin," 
answered Ursula, in a tone betwixt rage and coaxing, — " do not ; 
because I am no saint, but a poor sinful woman, with no more 
patience than she needs, to carry her through a thousand crosses. 
And if I have done yon wi*ong by evil counsel, I must mend it, 
and put you right by good advice. And for the score of pieces 
that must be made up at settling-day, why, here is, in a good green 
purse, as much as will make that matter good ; and we will get 
old Crosspatch, the tailor, to take a long day for your clothes ; 
and " 

** Mother, are you serious V* said Jin Vin, unable to trust either 
bis eyes or his ears. 

'' In troth am I," said the dame ; ** and will you call me Mother 
Midnight now, Jin Vin f 

" Mother Midnight !'' exclaimed Jenkin, bugging the dame in his 
transport, and bestowing on her still comely cheek a hearty and 
not unacceptable smack, that sounded like the report of a pistol, 
— " Mother Midday, rather, that has risen to light me out of my 
troubles — a mother more dear than she who bore me ; for she, 
poor soul, only brought me into a world of sin and sorrow, ^and 
your timely aid has helped me out of the one and the other." Xnd 
the good natured fellow threw himself back in bis chair, and fairly 
drew his hand acress his eyes. 

** You would not have me be made to ride the Skimmington 
then,'* said the dame; ''or parade me in a cart, with all the 
brass basins of the ward beating the march to Bridewell before 
mer 

''I would sooner be carted to Tyburn myself," replied the 
penitent. 

'* Why, then, sit up like a man, and wipe thine eyes ; and, if 
thou art pleased with what I have done, I will shew thee how 
thou mayst requite me in the highest degree.'* 

** How ?" said Jenkin Vincent, sitting straight up in his chair. 
— ** You would have me, then, do you some service for this friend- 
ship of yours V* 

"Ay, marry would I," said Dame Ursley; "for you are to 
know, that though I am right glad to stead you witli it, this gold 
is not mine, but was placed in my bands in order to find a trusty 

agent, for a certain purpose ; and so But what 's the matter 

with you ? — are you fool enough to be angry because you cannot 
get a purse of gdd for nothing 1 I would I knew where such were 
to come by. I never could &id ihem lying in my road, J promise 
you." 

** No, no, dame," said poor Jenkin, " it is not for that ; for look 
you, I would rather work these ten bones to the knuckles, and live 
by my labour; but "(and here he paused.) 

** But what, man !" said Dame Ursley. " You are willing to 
work for what you want ; and yet, when I offer you gold for tins 
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*' It is ill talking of the devil, mother/' said Jenkin. *' I had 
him even now in my head — for, look you, I am at that pass, 
when they say he will appear to wretched ruined creatures, and 
proflFer them gold fcr ike fee-simple of their salvation. But I 
have been trying these two days to bring my mind strongly up to 
^he thought, that I will rather sit down in shame, and sin, and 
sorrow, as I am hke to do, than hold on ill courses to get rid of 
my present straits; and so take care, Dame Ursula, how you 
tempt me to break such a good resolution." 

" I tempt you to nothing, young man," answered Ursula ; " and, 
as I perceive you are too wilful to be wise, I will e'en put my 
purse in my pocket, and look out for some one that will work my 
turn with better will, and more thankfulness. And you may go 
your own course, — break your indenture, ruin your father, lose 
your character, and bid pretty Mistress Margaret farewell, for 
ever and a day." 

" Stay, stay," said Jenkin ; " the woman is in as great a hurry 
as a brown baker when his oven is overheated. First, let me 
hear that which ydu have to propose to me." 

" Why, after all, it is but to get a gentleman of rank and for- 
tune, who is in trouble, carried in secret down the river, as far 
as the Isle of Dogs, or some where thereabout, where he may he 
concealed until he can escape abroad. I know thou knowest 
pvery place by the river's side as well as the devil knows an 
usurer, or the beggar knows his dish." 

*^ A plague of your similes, dame," replied the apprentice ; 
" for the devil gave me that knowledge, and beggary may be the 
end on 't. — But what has this gentleman done, that he should 
need to be under hiding ! No Papist, I hope — no Catesby and 
Piercy business — no Gunpowder Plot I" 

** Fy, fy ! — what do you take me for !" said Dame Ursula. ** I 
am as good a churchwoman as the parson's wife, save that neces- 
sary, business will not allow me to go there oftener than on Christ- 
mas-day, Heaven help me ! — No, no — this is no Popish matter. 
The gentleman hath but struck another in the Park " 

" Ha ! what 1" said Vincent, interrupting her with a start. 

'' Ay, ay, I see you guess whom I mean. It is even he we 
have spoken of so often — just Lord Glenvarloch, and no one 
else." 

Vincent sprung from his seat, and traversed the room with 
rapid and disorderly steps. 

" There, there it is now — you are always ice or gunpowder. 
You sit in the great leathern arm-chair, as quiet as a rocket hangs 
upon the frame in a rejoicing-night till the match foe fired, and 
then, whizz ! you are in the tiurd heaven, beyond the reach of 
the human voice, eye, or brain. — When you have wearied your- 
self with padding to and fro across the room, will you tell me 
your determination, for time presses i Will you aid me in thia 
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•'No — no — no — a thousand times no," repHed Jenldn. 
" Have you not confessed to me, that Margaret loves him ?" 

" Ay," answered the dame, ^ that she thinks she does ; but 
that will not last long." 

<< And have I not told you but this instant," replied Jenkin, 
*' that it was this same Glenvarloch that rooked me, at the ordi- 
nary, of every penny I had, and made a knave of me to boot, by 
gaining more than was my own ! — that cursed gold, which 
Short^ard, the mercer, paid me that morning on accompt, for 
mendmg the clock of Saint Stephen's ! If I had not, by ill chance, 
had that about me, I could but have beggared my purse, without 
blemishing my honesty ; and, after I had been rooked of all the 
rest amongst them, I must needs risk the last five pieces with 
that shark among the minnows !" 

" Granted," said Dame Ursula. ** All this T know ; and I own, 
that as Lord Glenvarloch was the last you played with, you have 
a right to charge your ruin on his head. Moreover, I admit, as 
already said, that Margaret has made him your rivaL Yet 
surely, now he is in danger to lose his hand, it is not a time to 
remember all this V* 

" By my faith, but it is, though," said the young dtiseu. 
" Lose his hand, indeed I They may take his head, for what I 
care. Head and hand have made me a miserable wretch !" 

" Now, were it not better, my prince of flat-caps," said Dame 
Ursula, ^that matters were squared between you; and that, 
through means of the same Scottish lord, who has, as you say, 
deprived you of your money and your mistress, you should in a 
.short time recover both ?" 

** And how can your wisdom come to that conclusion, dame !" 
said the apprentice. ** My money, indeed, 1 can conceive — that 
is. It I comply with your proposal ; but — my pretty Margaret ! 
— how serving this lord, whom she has set her nonsensical head 
upon, pan do me good with her, is far beyond my conception." 

" That is because, in siiiiple phrase," said Dame Ursula, ** thou 
knowest no more of a woman's heart than doth a Norfolk gosling. 
Look you, man. Were I to report to Mistress Marget tiiat the 
young lord has miscarried tlu*ough thy lack of courtesy in refus- 
ing to help him, why, then, thou wert odious to her for ever. 
She will loathe thee as she will loathe the very cook who is to 
strike off Glenvarloch 's hand with his cleaver — and then she will 
be yet more fixed in her affections towards this lord. London 
will hear of nothing but him — speak of nothing biit him — think 
. of nothing but him, for three weeks at least, and all that outcry 
will serve to keep him uppermost in her mind ; for nothing 
pleases a girl so much as to bear relation to any one who is the 
talk of the whole world around her. Then, if he suffer this sen- 
tence of the law, it is a chance if she ever forgets him. I saw 
that handsome, proper young gentleman, Babington, suffer in the 
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my head For a year after he was hanged. Bat, aboye afl/par* 
doned or puniuiedy Glenvarioch will probably remain in L<mdon» 
and his presence will keep up the silly girl's nonsensical fancy 
about him. Whereas, if he escapes '* 

^' Ay, shew me how that is to avail me V* said Jenkia. 

'^ If he escapes,'' said the dame, resuming her argument, ^ he 
must resign the Court for years, if not for life ; and you know 
the old saying, * out of sight, and out of mind.' " 

''True — most true," sakt Jenkin ; ''spoken like an oracle, 
most wise Ursula." 

" Ay, ay, I knew you would hear reason at last," said the 
wily dame ; " and then, when this same lord is off and away for 
once and for ever, who, I pray you, is to be pretty pefs conft^ 
dential person, and who is to fill up the void in her affections ! — 
why, who but thou, thou pearl of 'prentices ? And then you will 
have overcome your own inclinations to comply with hers, and 
every woman is sensible of that — and you will have run some 
risk, too, in carrying her desires into effect — and what is it that 
woman likes better than bravery, and devotion to her wiU ? 
Then you have her secret, and she must treat you with favour 
and observance, and repose confidence in you, and hold private 
intercourse with you, till she weeps with one eye for the absent 
lover whom she is never to see again, and blinks with the other 
blithely upon him who is in presence ; and then if you know not 
how to improve the relation in which you stand witn her, you are 
not the brisk lively lad that all the world takes you for — Said I 
well !" 

" You have spoken like an empress, most mighty Ursula," sai4 
Jenkin Vincent ; ** and your will shall be obeyed." 

" You know Alsatia well !" continued his tutoress. 

" Well enough, well enough," replied he with a nod ; " I have 
heard the dice rattle there in my day, before I must set up for 
gentleman, and go among the gallants at the Shavaleer Bojo's, as 
tiiey call him, — the worse rookery of the two, though the feathers 
are the gayest." 

" And they will have a respect for thee yonder, I warrant ?" 

** Ay, ay," replied Vin, " when I am got into my fustian doublet 
again, with my bit of a trunnion under my arm, I can walk 
Alsatia at midnight as I could do that there Fleet Street in mid- 
day — they will not one of them swagger with the prince of 
'prentices, and the king of clubs — they know J could bring every 
tall boy in the ward down upon them." 

" And you know all the watermen, and so for^ t" 

" Can converse with every sculler in his own language, from 
Richmond to Gravesend, and know all the water-cocks, from 
John Taylor the Poet to Uttle Grigg the Grinner, who never pulls 
but he shews all his teeth from ear to ear, as if he were grimadiig 
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«s a waterman's, a butcher's, a foot-soldier's," continaed Ursula, 
"ortheUkel" 

''Not such a mummer as I am within the walls, and thou 
knowest that well enough, dame," replied the apprentice. ** I 
can touch the players themselves, at the Ball and at the Fortune, 
for presenting any thing except a gentleman. Take but this 
d — a skin of mppery off me, which I think the devil stuck me 
into, and you shall put me into nothing else that I will not 
become as if I were bom to it." 

" Well, we will talk of your transmutation by and by," said 
the dame, ''and find you clothes withal, and money besides; 
for it will take a good deal to carry the thing handsomely 
through." 

" But where is that money to come from, dame t" said Jenkin ; 
" there is a question I woiUd fain have answered before I touch 
it" 

^ Why, what a fool art thou to ask such a questi<m ! Suppose 
I am content to advance it to please young madam, what is the 
harm then I" 

" I will suppose no such thing," said Jenkin hastily ; " I know 
that you, dame, have no gold to spare, and maybe would not 
spare it if you had — so that cock will not crow. It must be from 
Marniret herself." 

" Well, thou suspicious animal, and what if it were t" said 
Ursula. 

" Only this," replied Jenkin, ** that I will presently to her, and 
learn if she has come fairly by so much ready money ; for sooner 
than connive at her getting it by any indirection, I would bans 
myself at once. It is enough what I have done myself, no need 
to engage poor Margaret in such villainy — I'U to her, and tell 
her of the danger — I will, by Heaven I" 

" You are mad to think of it," said Dame Suddlechop, con- 
siderably alarmed — " hear me but a moment. I know not pre- 
cisely from whom she got the money ; but sure I am that she 
obtained it at her godfatiier's." 

" Why, Master George Heriot is not returned from France," 
said Jenldn. 

" No," replied Ursula, "but Dame Judith is at home — and the 
strange lady, whom they call Master Heriot*s ghost — she never 
goes abroad." 

" It is very true. Dame Suddlechop," said Jenkin ; " and I 
believe you have guessed right — they say that lady has coin at 
will ; and if Marget can get a handful of faxry gold, why, she is 
free to throw it away at will." 

" Ah, Jin Yin," said the dame, reducing her voice almost to a 
whisper, " we should not want gold at will neither, could we but 
read the riddle of that lady !" 

" They may read it that list," said Jenkin, " I *D never pry into 
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bravB citizen, and an honour to London, and has a right tti 
manage his own household as he likes best. — There was once a 
talk <n rabbling him the fifth of November before the last, because 
they said he kept a nunnery in his house, like old Lady Foljambe ; 
but Master G^eorge is well loved among the 'prentices, and we got 
so many brisk boys of us together as should have rabbled me 
rabble, had they had but the heart to rise." 

" Well, let that pass," said Ursula ; "and now, tell me how you 
will manage to be absent from shop a day or two, for you must 
think that this matter will not be ended sooner." 

•* Why, as to that, I can say nothing," said Jenkin, « I have 
always served duly and truly ; I have no heart to play truant, and 
cheat my master of his time as well as his money." 

" Nay, but Ihe point is to get back his money for him," said 
Ursula, " which he is not Hkely to see on other conditions. Gould 
you not ask leave to go down to your uncle in Essex for two or 
three days! He may be ill, you Imow." 

" Why, if I must, I must," said Jenkin, with a heavy sigh ; 
*< but I wiU not be lightly caught treading these dark and crooked 
paths again." 

" Hush thee, then," said the dame, " and get leave for this 
very evening ; and come back hither, and I will introduce you to 
another implement, who must be employed in the matter. — Stay, 
stay ! — the lad is mazed — you would not go into your master's 
shop in that guise, surely! Your trunk is in the matted 
chamber with your 'prentice things — go and put them on as 
fast as you can." 

"T diink I am bewitched," said Jenkin, giving a glance 
towards his dress, " or that these fool's trappings have made as 
great an ass of me as of many I have seen wear them ; but let 
me once be rid of the harness, and if you catch me putting 
it on again, I will give you leave to sell me to a gipsy, to carry 
pots, pans, and beggar's bantlings, all the rest of my life." 

So saying, he retired to change his apparel. 



CHAPTER XXIL 

Chance will not do the work — Chance sends the breeze ; 

But if the pilot slumber at the helm, 

The very wind that wafts as towards the port 

May dash us on the shelves. —The steersman's part is vigilance. 

Blow it or rough or smooth. 

Old Play. 

We left Nigel, whose fortunes we are bound to trace by the 
engagement contracted in our title-page, sad and solitary in the 
mansion of Trapbois the usurer, having just received a letter 
instiead of a visit from his friend the Templar, stating reasons 
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that it appeared his intercourse with the betlbr and more respect- 
able class of society, was, for the present, entirely cut off. This 
was a melancholy, and, to a proud mind tike that of Nigel, a 
degrading reflection. 

He went to the window of his apartment, and found the street 
enveloped in one of those thick, dingy, yellow^coloured fogs^ 
which often invest the lower part of London and Westminster. 
Amid the darkness, dense and palpable, were seen to wander tike 
phantoms a reveller or two, whpm the morning had surprised 
where the evening left them ; and who now, with tottering steps, 
and by an instinct which intoxication could not wholly overcome, 
were groping the way to their own homes, to convert day into 
night, for the purpose of sleeping off the debauch which had 
turned night into day. Although it was broad day in the other 
parts of the city, it was scarce dawn yet in Alsatia ; and none of 
the sounds of industry or occupation were there heard, which had 
long before aroused the slumberers in evwy other quarter. The 
prospect was too tiresome and disagreeable to detain Lord Glen- 
varloch at his station, so, turning from the window, he examined 
with more interest the Aimiture and appearance of the apartment 
which he tenanted. 

Much of it had been in its time rich and curious — there was a 
hbge four-post bed, with as much carved oak about it as would 
have made the head of a man-of-war, and tapestry hangings ample 
enough to have been her sails. There was a huge mirror with a 
raassy frame of gilt brass-work, which was of Venetian manufac- 
ture, and must have been wc«th a considerable sum before it 
received the tremendous crack, which, traversing it from one 
comer to the other, bore the same proportion to the surface that 
the Nile bears to the map of Egypt. The chairs were of different 
fdrms and shapes, some had been carved, some gilded, some 
covered with damasked leather, some with embroidered work, but 
all were damaged and worm-eaten. There was a picture of 
Susanna and the Elders over the chimneypiece, which might have 
been accounted a choice piece, had not the rats made free with 
the chaste feir one's nose, and with the beard of one of her reve- 
rend admirei*s. 

In a wor^, all that Lord Glenvarloch saw, seemed to have been 
articles carried off by appraisement or distress, or bought as 
pennyworths at some obscure broker's, and huddled together in 
the apartment, as in a sale-room, without regard to taste or con- 
gruity. 

The place appeared to Nigel to resemble the houses near the 
sea-coast, which are too often furnished with the spoils of wrecked 
vessels, as this was probably fitted up with the relics of ruined 
profligates. — ** My own skiff is among the breakers," thought 
Lord Glenvarloch, ^ though my wreck will add tittle to the profits 
of the spoiler." 

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assemblage of rusted iron bars which stood in the chimney, une- 
qually supported by three brazen feet, moulded into the form of 
lion's claws, while the fourth, which had been bent by an accident, 
seemed proudly uplifted as if to paw the ground ; or as if the 
whole article had nourii^ied the ambitious purpose of pacing forth 
into the middle of the apartment, and had one foot ready raised 
for the journey. A smile passed oTer Nigel's face as this fantas- 
tic idea presented itself to his fitncy. — ^ I must stop its march, 
however," he thought ; ^ for this morning is chill and raw enough 
to demand some fire." 

He called accordingly from the top <^ a large staircase, with a 
heary oaken balustrade, which gave access to his own and other 
apartments, for the house was c3d and of considerable size ; but, 
receiving no .answer to his repeated summons, he was compelled 
to go in search of some one who might accommodate him with 
what he wanted. 

Nigel had, according to the fashion of the old wiurld in Scotland, 
received an education which might, in most particulars, be termed 
simple, hardy, and unostentatious ; but he had, nevertheless, been 
accustomed to much personal deference, and to the constant 
attendance and ministry of one or more domestics. This was the 
universal custom in Scotland, where wages were next to nothing, 
and where, indeed, a man of title or influence might have as many 
a4i»ndants as he pleased, for the mere expense of food, clothes, 
and countenance. Nigel was theref(»« mortified and dis- 
pleased when he found himself without notice or attendance ; and 
the more dissatisfied, because he was at the same lime angry with 
himself for suffering such a trifle to trouble him at all, amongst 
matters of more deep concernment. '' There must surely be some 
servants in so large a house as this," said he, as he wandered 
over the place, through which he was conducted by a passage 
which branched eff from the gallery. As he went on, he tried 
the entrance to several apartments, some of which he found were 
locked and others unfurnished, all apparently unoccupied ; so 
that at length he returned to the staircase, and resolved to miake 
hiB way down to the lower part of the house, where he supposed 
he must at least find the old gentleman, and his ill-favoured 
daughtOT. With this purpose he first made his entrance into a 
Uttle low, dark parlour, containing a well-worn leatnem easy- 
chair, before which stood a pair of slippers, while on the left side 
rested a crutch-handled eXaff ; an oaken table stood before it, and 
supported a huge desk clamped with iron, and a massive pewter 
iakstaoid. Around the apartment were shelves, cabinets, and 
other places convenient for depositing papers. A sword, musket- 
toon, and a pair of pistols, hung over the chimney, in ostentatious 
display, as £f to intimate that the proprietor would be prompt 
in ths defence of his premises. 

** This must be the usurer's den," thought Nigel ; and he was 
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filightest noise, for avarice seldom sleeps sound, soon was heard 
from the inner room, speaking in a voice of irritability, rendered 
more tremulous by his morning cough. 

" Ugh, ugh, ngh — who is there ? I say — ugh, ugh — who ia 
there 1 Why, Martha I — ugh, ugh — Martha Trapbois — here 
be thieves in the house, and they will not to speak to me — why, 
Martha ! — thieves, thieves — ugh, ugh, ugh !" 

Nigel endeavoured to explain, but&e idea of thieves had taken 
possession of the old man's pineal gland, and he kept coughing 
And screaming, and screaming and coughing, until the gracious 
Martha entered the apartment ; and, having first outscreamed 
her father, in order to convince him that there was no danger, 
■and to assure him that the intruder was their new lodger, and 
having as often heard her sire ^aculate — ^ Hold him fast — ugh, 
ugh — hold him fast till I «ome,** she at length succeeded in 
silencing his fears and his clamour, and then coldly and dryly 
Asked LcHrd -Glenvarloeh what he wanted in her father's apart- 
ment. 

Her lodger had, in the meantime, leisure to contemplate her 
appearance, which did not by any means improve the idea he had 
formed of it by candlelight on the preceding evening. She was 
dressed in what was called a Queen Mary's ruff and farthingale ; 
not the falling ruff with which the unfortunate Mary of Scotland 
is usually painted, but that which, with more than Spanish stiff- 
ness, surrounded the throat, and set off the morose head of her 
fierce namesake, of Smithfield memory. This antiquated dress 
assorted well with the faded complexion, gray eyes, thin lips, 
and austere visage of the antiquated maiden, which was, more- 
over, enhanced by a black hood, worn as her head-gear, care- 
fully disposed so as to prevent any of her hair from escaping 
to view, probably because the simplicity of the period knew no 
art of disguising the colour with which time had begun to grizzle 
her tresses. I^r figure was tall, thin, and flat, with skinny arms 
and hands, and feet of the larger size, cased in huge high-heeled 
shoes, which added height to a stature already ungainly. Appa- 
rently some art had been used by the tailor, to conceal a slight 
defect of shape, occasioned by me accident^ elevation of one 
shoulder above the other; but the praiseworthy efforts of the 
ingenious mechanic had only succeeded in calling the attention 
of the observer to his benevolent purpose, without demonstrating 
that he had been able to achieve it. 

Such was Mrs Martha Trapbois, whose dry " What were you 
seeking here, sir !" fell again, and witli reiterated sharpness, on 
the ear of Nigel, as he gazed upon her presence, and compared 
it internally to one of the faded and grim figures in the old 
tapestry which adorned his bedstead. It was, however, necessary 
to reply, and he answered, that he came in s^urch of the servants, 
as he desired to have a fire kindled in his apartment on account 
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** The woman who does our char-work." answered MistresB 
Martha, " comes at eight o'clock — if you want fire sooner, there 
are £Eigots and a bucket of sea-coal in the stone-closet at the head 
of the stair — and there is a flint and steel on the upper shelf — 
you can light fire for yourself if you will." 

" No — no — no, Martha," ejaculated her father, who, having 
donned his rusty tunic, with his hose all ungirt, and his feet slip- 
shod, hastily came out of the inner apartment, with his mind . 
{probably full of robbers, for he had a naked rapier in his hand, 
which still looked formidable, though rust had somewhat marred 
its shine. — What he had heard at entrance about lighting a fire, 
had changed, however, the current of his ideas. " No — ^no — ^no," 
he cried, and each negative was more emphatic than its prede- 
cessor — " The gentleman shall not have the trouble to put on a 
fire — ugh — ugh. I '11 put it on myself, for a con-si-de-ra-tion." 

This last word was a favourite expression with the old gentle- 
man, which he pronounced in a peculiar manner, gasping it out 
syllable by syllable, ard laying a strong emphasis upon the last. 
It was, indeed, a sort of protecting clause, by which he guarded 
himself against all inconveniences attendant on the rash habit of 
ofiering service or civility of any kind, the which, when hastily 
snapped at by those to whom they are uttered, give the profferer 
sometimes room to repent his promptitude. 

"For shame, father," said Martha; "that must not be. 
Master Grahame will kindle his own fire, or wait till the char- 
woman comes to do it for him, just as likes him best." 

** No, child — no, child. Child Martha, no," reiterated the old 
miser — " no char-woman shall ever touch a grate in my house ; 
they put — ugh, ugh — the fagot uppermost, and so the coal 
kindles not, and the flame goes up the chimney, and wood and 
heat are both thrown away. Now, I will lay it properly for the 
gentleman, for a consideration, so that it shall last — ugh, ugh — 
last the whole day." Here his vehemence increased his cough 
so violently, that Nigel could only, from a scattered word here 
and there, comprehend that it was a recommendation. to his 
daughter to remove the poker and tongs from the stranger's fire- 
side, with an assurance, that, when necessary, his landlord would 
be in attendance to adjust it himself, " for a consideration." 

Martha paid as little attention to the old man's injunctions as 
a predominant dame gives to those of a henpecked husband. She 
only repeated, in a deeper and more emphatic tone of censure, — 
" For shame, father — for shame !" then, turning to her guest, 
said, with her usual ungraciousness of manner, — "Master 
Grahame — it is best to be plain with you at first. My father is 
an old, a very old man, and his wits, as you may see, are some- 
yfh&t weakened — though I would not advise you to make a 
bargain with him, else you may find them too sharp for your 
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with house-room, shelter, and safety, it will be your own fault if 
you have them not, and they are not always to be found in this 
unhappy quarter. But, if you seek deferential observance and 
attendance, I tell you at once you will not find tliem here." 

^ I am not wont either to thrust myself upon acquaintance, 
madam, or to give trouble," said the guest ; '< nevertlieless I shall 
need the assistance of a domestic to assist me to dress — Perhaps 
you can recommend me to such V* 

** Yes, to twenty," answered Mistress Martha, " who will pick 
your purse while they tie your points, and cut your throat while 
tliey smooth your pillow." 

^ I will be his servant myself," said the old man, whose intel- 
lect, for a moment distanced, had again, in some measure, got up 
with the conversation. ** I will brush his cloak — ugh, ugh — 
and tie his pointe — ugh, ugh — and clean his shoes — ugh — and 
run on his errands with speed and safety — ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh — 
for a consideration." 

'' Good-morrow to you, sir," said Martha, to Nigel, in a tone 
of direct and positive dismissal. '' It cannot be agreeable to a 
daughter that a stranger should hear her father speak thus. If 
you be really a gentleman, you will retire to your own apart- 
ment" 

^ I will not delay a moment," said Nigel, respectfully, for he 
was sensible that circumstances palliated the woman's rudeness. 
" I would but ask you, if seriously there can be danger in pro- 
curing the assistance of a serving-man in this place V* 

" Yoimg gentleman," said 2i£rtha, *' you must know little of 
Whitefiriars to ask the question. We Uve alone in this house, 
and seldom has a stranger entered it ; nor should you, to be plain, 
had my will been consulted. Look at the door — see if that of a 
castle can be better secured ; the windows of the first fioor are 
grated on the outeide, and within, look to these shutters." 

She pulled one of them aside, and shewed a ponderous appa- 
ratus of bolts and chains for securing the window-shutters, while 
her father, pressing to her side, seized her gown with a trembling 
hand, and said, in a low whisper, ** Shew not the trick of locking 
and undoing them. Shew him not the trick on't, Martha — ugh, 
ugh — on no consideration." Martha went on, without paying 
bun any attention. 

^ And yet, young gentleman, we have been more than once 
like to find all these defences too weak to protect our lives ; such 
an evil effect on the wicked generation around us hath been made 
by the unhappy report of my poor father's wealth." 

** Say nothing of that, housewife," said the miser, his irritability 
increased by the very supposition of his being wealthy — ** Say 
nothing of that, or I will beat thee, housewife — beat thee with 
my staff, for fetching and carrying lies that will procure our 
throats to be cut at last — ugh, ugh. — I am but a poor man," he 

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continued, turning to Nigel — " a very poor roan, that am willing 
to do any honest turn upon earth, for a modest consideration." 

" I therefore warn you of the life you must lead, young gentle* 
man," said Martha ; " the poor woman who does the cmir-work 
will assist you so far as is in her power, but the wise man is hia 
own best servant and assistant." 

''It is a lesson you have taught me, madam, and I thank you 
for it — I will assuredly study it at leisure." 

" You will do well," said Martha ; " and, as you seem thankful 
for advice, I, though I am no professed counsellor of others, will 
give you more. Make no intimacy with any one in Whitefriars 
— borrow no money, on any score, especially from my father, for, 
dotard as he seems, he will make an ass of you. Last, and best 
ojf all, stay here not an instant longer than you can help it. 
Farewell, sir." 

'^ A gnarled tree may bear good fruit, and a harsh nature may 
give good counsel," diought the Lord of Glenvarloch, as he 
retreated to his own apartment, where the same reflection 
occurred to him again and again, while, unable as yet to reconcile 
himself to the thoughts of becoming his own fire-maker, he 
walked up and down his bedroom, to warm himself by exercise. 

At length his meditations arranged themselves in the following 
soliloquy — by which expression I beg leave to observe, once for 
all, that I do not mean that Nigel literally said, aloud, with his 
bodily organs, the words which follow in inverted commas, (while 
pacing the room by himself,) but that I myself choose to present 
to my dearest reader the picture of my hero's mind, his reflec- 
tions and resolutions, in the form of a speech, rather than in that 
of a narrative. In other words, I have put his thoughts into 
language ; and this I conceive to be the purpose of the soUloquy 
upon the stage as well as in the closet, being at once the most 
natural, and perhaps the only way of communicating to the spec- 
tator what is supposed to be passing in the bosom of the scenic 
personage. There are no such soliloquies in nature, it is true ; 
but, unless they were received as a conventional medium of com- 
munication betwixt tlie poet and the audience, we should reduce 
dramatic authors to the recipe of Master Puff, who makes Lord 
Burleigh intimate a long train of political reasoning to th« 
audience, by one comprehensive shake of his noddle. In narra- 
tive, no doubt, the writer has the alternative of telling that his 
personages thought so and so, inferred thus and thus, and arrived 
at such and su<£ a conclusion ; but the soliloquy is a more con- 
cise and spirited mode of comnmnicating the same Information ; 
and therefore thus communed, or thus might have conmiuned, 
the Ldrd of Glenvarloch with his own mind. 

'' She is right, and has taught me a lesson I will profit by. I 
have been, through my whole life, one who leant upon others for 
that assistance, which it is more truly noble to derive from mj 
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nience which long hahit has led me to annex to the want of a 
serTant's assistance — I am ashamed of that ; hut far, far more 
am I ashamed to have suffered the same hahit of throwing my 
own burden on others, to render me, since T came to this city, a 
mere victim of those events, which I have never even attempted 
to influence — a thing never acting, but perpetually acted upon 

— protected by one friend, deceived by another; hut in the 
advantage which I received from the one, and the evil I have 
sustained £rora the other, as passive and helpless as a boat that 
drifts without oar or rudder at f^e mercy of the winds and waves. 
I became a courtier, because Heriot so advised it — a gamester, 
because Dalgamo so contrived it — an Alsatian, because Lowe> 
stoffe so willed it. Whatever of good or bad has befallen me, 
hath arisen out of the agency of others, not from my own. My 
lather's son must no longer hold this h/ale and puerile course. 
Live or die, sink or swim, Nigel Olifaunt, from this moment, shall 
owe hk safety, success, and honour, to his own exertions, or shall 
fall with the credit of having at least exerted his own f^e 
agency. I will write it down in my tablets, in her very words, 

— ^ The wise man is his own best assistant* *' 

He had just put his tablets in his pocket when the old char- 
woman, who, to add to her efficiency, was sadly crippled by 
rheumatism, hobbled into the room, to try if she could eain a 
small gratification by waiting on the stranger. She readuy un- 
dertook to get Lord 61envarioch*s breakfast, and, as there was 
an eating-house at the next door, she succeeded in a shorter lime 
than Nigel had augured. 

As his solitary meal was finished, one of the Temple porters, 
or inferior officers, was announced, as seeking Master Grahame, 
on the part of his friend. Master Lowestoffe ; and, being admitted 
by the old woman to his apartment, he delivered to Nigel a small 
mail-trunk, with the clothes he had desured should be sent to him, 
and then, with more mystery, put into his hand a casket, or 
strong-box, which he carefully concealed beneath his cloak. " I 
am ghid to be rid on V' said the fellow, as he placed it on the 
table. 

" Why, it is surely not so very heavy,** answered Nigel, ** and 
you are a stout young man." 

" Ay, su*,** replied the fellow ; " but Sampson himself would 
not have carried such a matter safely through Alsatia, had the 
hids of the Huff known what it was. Please to look into it, sir, 
and see all is right — I am an honest fellow, and it comes safe 
out of my hands. How long it may remain so afterwards, will 
depend on your own care. I would not my good name were to 
suffer by any after-clap.** 

To satisfy the scruples of the messenger, L<^ Glenvarloch 
opened the casket in his presence, and saw that his small stock 
of money, with two or three valuable papers which it contained, 
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granted in his &your, were in the same order in which he had 
foft them. At the man's farther instance, he availed himself of 
the writing materials which were in the casket, in order to send 
a line to Master Lowestoffe, dedaring that his property had 
reached him in safety. He added some grateful acknowledg- 
ments for Lowestoffe's services, and, just as he was sealing and 
delivering his billet to the messenger, his aged landlord entered 
the apartment. His threadbare suit of black clothes was now 
somewhat better arranged than they had been in the dishabille 
of his first appearance, and his nerves and intellects seemed to 
be less fluttered ; for, without much coughing or hesitation, he 
invited Nigel to partake of a morning draught of wholesome 
single ale, which he brought in a large leathern tankard, or black- 
jack, carried in the one hand, whUe the other stirred it round 
with a sprig of rosemary, to give it, as the old man said, a 
flavour. 

Nigel declined the courteous proffer, and intimated by his 
manner, while he did so, that he desired no intrusion on the 
privacy of his own apartment ; which, indeed, he was the more 
entitled to maintain, considering the cold reception he had that 
morning met with when straying from its precincts into those of 
his lan£ord. But the open casket contained matter, or rather 
metal, so attractive to old Trapbois, that he remained fixed, like 
a setting-dog at a dead point, his nose advanced, and one hand 
expanded Uke the lifted forepaw, by which that sagacious 
quadruped sometimes indicates that it is a hare which he has in 
the wind. Nigel was about to break the charm which had thus 
arrested old Tnipbois, by shutting the lid of the casket, when his 
attention was withdrawn from him by the question of the mes- 
senger, who, holding out the letter, asked whether he was to 
leave it at Mr Lowestoffe's chambers m the Temple, or carry it 
to the Marshalsea I 

^ The Marshalsea t" repeated Lord Glenvarloch ; << what of the 
Marshalsea V* 

** Why, sir," said the man, ^ the poor gentieman is laid up 
there in lavender, because, they say, his own kind heart led him 
to scald his fingers with another man's broth." 

Nigel hastily snatched back the letter, broke the seal, joined to 
the contents his earnest entreaty that he might be mstantiy 
acquainted witii the cause of his confinement, and added, that, if 
it arose out of his own unhappy affair, it would be of brief 
duration, since he had, even before hearing of a reason which so 
peremptorily demanded that he should surrender himself, adopted 
the resolution to do so, as the manliest and most proper course 
which his ill fortune and imprudence had left in his own power. 
He therefore conjured Mr Lowestoffe to have no delicacy upon 
this score, but, since his surrender was what he had determined 
upon as a sacrifice due to his own character, that he would have 
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arran^d, bo as to extricate him, Lowestoffe, from the restraint 
to which the writer could not hut fear his friend had been sub- 
jected, on account of the generous interest which he had taken in 
nis concerns. The letter concluded, that the writer would suffer 
twenty-four hours to elapse in expectation of hearing from him, 
and, at the end of that period, was determined to put his purpose 
in execution. He deUvered the billet to the messenger, and, 
enforcing his request with a piece of money, urged him, without 
a moment*s delay, to convey it to the hands of Master Lowestotte 

*^ I — I — I — will carry it to him myself," said the old usurer, 
^ for half the consideration.^' 

The man, who heard this attempt to take his duty and per- 
quisites over his head, lost no time in pocketing the money, and 
departed on his errand as fast as he could. 

** Master Trapbois,'* said Nigel, addressing the old man some- 
what impatiently, ^ had you any particular commands for me V* 

"I — I — came to see if you rested well," answered the old 
man ; ** and — if I could do any thing to serve you, pn any con- 
sideration." 

" Sir, I thank you," said Lord Glenvarloch — "I thank you ;" 
and, ere he could say more, a heavy footstep was heard on the 
stair. 

** My Grod !" exclaimed the old man, starting up — " Why, 
Dorothy — char-woman — why, daughter, — draw bolt, 1 say, 
housewifes — the door hath been left a-latch !" 

The do(»r of the chamber opened wide, and in strutted the 
portly bulk of the military hero whom Nigel had on the preceding 
evening in vain endeavoured to recognize. 



CHAPTER XXIII. 

BHftuh-Buekler. Bilboe's the word— 

Pierrot, It hath been spoke too often. 
The q>eU hath lost ita charm — I tell thee, friend. 
The meanest cur that trots the street, will turn 
And snarl against your proifer'd bastinado. 

BuHuh Buckler. 'Tis art shall do it, then —I will dow the mongrels — 
Or, in plain terms, I *li use the private knife 
*8tead of the brandish'd Colchion. 

(MdPtay. 

The noble Captain Colepepper or Peppercull, for he was known 
by both these names, and some others besides, had a martial and 
a swadiing exterior, which, on the present occasion, was rendered 
yet more peculiar, by a patch covering his left eye and a part of 
the cheek. The sleeves of his thickset velvet jerlon were polished 
and shone with grease — his buff gloves had huge tops, which 
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rials, extended its breadth from his haimch-bone to his eraaU-ribsy 
and supported on the one side his krge bUck-hilted back-swordy 
on the other a dagger of like f»roportion8. He paid his ccnnpli- 
ments to Nigel wiSi that air of predetermined efirontery, which 
annomices that it will not be repelled by any coldness of recep- 
tion, asked Trapbois how he did, by the familiar title of old Peter 
Pillory, and then, seizing upon the black-jack, emptied it <^ at 
a draught, to the health of the last and yoimgest freeman of 
Alsatia, the noble and loving Master Nigel Grahame. 

When he had set down the empty pitcher and drawn his breath, 
he began to criticise the liquor which it had lately contained. — 
'' SufiScient single beer, old Pillory — and, as I take it, brewed at 
the rate of a nutshell of malt to a butt of Thames — as dead as a 
corpse, too, and yet it went hissing down my throat — bubbling, 
by Jove, like water upon hot iron. — You left us eariy, noble 
Master Grahame, but, good faith, we had a carouse to your 
honour — we heard butt ring hoUow ere we parted ; we were as 
loving as inkle- weavers — we fought, too, to finish off the gawdy. 
I bear some marks of the parson about me, you see — a note of 
the sermon or so, which should have been addressed to my ear, 
but missed its mark, and reached my left eye. The man of God 
bears my sign-manual too, but the Duke made us friends again, 
and it cost me more sack than I could carry, and all the Rhenish 
to boot, to pledge the seer in the way of Ioto and reconciliation — 
But. Caracco I 'tis a rile old canting slave for all that, whom I 
will one day beat out of his devil's livery into all the colours of the 
rainbow. — Basta 1 — Said I well, old Trapbois ! Where is thy 
daughter, man! — what says ^e to my suit! — 'tis an honest 
one — wilt have a soldier for thy son-in-law, old Pillory, to mingle 
the soul of martial honour with thy thieving, miching, petty- 
larceny blood, as men put bold brandy into muddy ale !" 

*^ My daughter receives not company so early, noble Captain,'' 
said tl;e usurer, and concluded his speech with a dry, emphatioJ 
"ugh, ugh." 

" What, upon no con-si-de-ra-ti-on t" said the captain ; ^ and 
wherefore not, old Truepenny ! she has not much time to lose in 
driving her bargain, methinks." 

" Captain," said Trapbois, " I was upon some little business 
with our noble friend here, Master Nigel Green — ugh, ugh, 
ugh--" 

" And you would have me gone, I warrant you !" answered 
the bully ; ** but patience, old Pillory, thine hour is not yet come, 
man — You see," he said, pointing to the casket, " that noble 
Master Grahame, whom you call Green, has got the deottus and 
the melu:* 

" Which you would willingly rid him of, ha ! ha ! — ugh, ugh," 
answered the usurer, ** if you knew how — but, lack-a-<Uy I Sioa 
art one of those that come out for wool, and art sure to go home 
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I would risk some consideration that this honest guest of mind 
sends thee home penniless, if thou darest venture witii him — 
ugh, ugh — at any game which gentlemen play at." 

** Marry, thon hast me on the hip there, thou old miserly cony- 
catcher !" answered the captain, taking a bale of dice from the 
sleeve of his coat ; *' I must always keep company with these 
damnable doctors, and they have made me every baby's cully, 
and purged my purse into an atrophy ; but never mind, it passes 
the time as well as aught else — How say yon, Master Graliame V* 

The fellow paused ; but even the extremity of his impudence 
could hardly withstand the cold look of utter contempt with which 
Nigel received his proposal, returning it with a simple, " I only 
play where 1 know toy company, and never in the morning." 

"Cards may be more agreeable," said Captain Colepepper; 
" and, for knowing your company, here is honest old Pillory will 
tell you Jack Colepepper plays as truly on the square as e*er a 
man that trowled a die. — Men talk of high and low dice, Ful- 
hams and bristles, topping, knapping, slurring, stabbing, and a 
hundred ways of rooking oesides ; but broil me Uke a rasher of 
bacon, if I could ever learn the trick on 'em !" 

" You have got the vocabulary perfect, sir, at the least," said 
Nigel, in the same cold tone. 

" Yes, by mine honour have I," returned the Hector ; ** they 
are phrases that a gentleman learns about town. — But perhaps 
you would like a set at tennis, or a game at balloon — we hav6 
an indifferent good court hard by here, and a set of as gentleman- 
like blades as ever banged leather against brick and mortar." 

" I beg to be excused at present," said Lord Glenvarloch ; 
*' and, to be plain, among the valuable privileges your society has 
conferred on me, I hope I may reckon that of being private in 
my own apartment when I have a mind." 

** Your tiumble servant, sir," said the captain ; " and I thank 
you for your civiHty — Jack Colepepper can have enough of 
company, and thi'usts himself on no one. — But perhaps you will 
like to make a match at skittles V 

" I am by no means that way disposed," replied the young 
nobleman. 

" Or to leap a flea — run a snail — match a wherry, eh ?" 

"No — I will do none of these," answered Nigel. 

Here the old man, who had been watching with his little peery 
eyes, pulled the bulky Hector by the skirt, and whispered, " Do 
not vapour him the huff, it will not pass — let the trout play, he 
will rise to the hook presently." 

But the bully, confiding in his own strength, and probably 
mistaking for timidity the patient scorn with which Nigel received 
his proposals, incited also by the open casket, began to assume a 
louder an^ more threatening tone. He drew himself up, bent his 
brows, assumed a look of professional ferocity, and continuedr 
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able. Zouns ! sir, we would slit any nose that was turned up at 
us honest fellows. — Ay, sir, we would slit it up to the gnstle, 
though it had smelt nothing all its life but musk, ambergris, 
and court-scented water — Rabbit me, I am a soldier, and care 
no more for a lord than a lamplighter." 

^ Are you seeking a quarrel, sir V* said Nigel calmly, having in 
truth no desire to engage himself in a discreditable broil in such 
a place, and with such a character. 

'* Quarrel, sir V* said the Captain ; '^ I am not seeking a quarrel, 
though I care not how soon I find one. Only I wish you to 
understand you must be neighbourly, that's all. What if we 
should go over the water to the garden, and see a bull hanked this 
fine morning — *sdeath, will yon do nothing !" 

" Something I am strangely tempted to do at this moment," said 
Nigel. 

** Videlicet," said Ck>lepepper, with a swaggering air, " let us 
hear the temptation." 

^ 1 am tempted to throw you headlong from the window, unless 
you presently make the best of your way down stairs." 

" Throw me from the window 1 — hell and furies !" exclaimed 
the captain ; ^ I have confronted twenty crooked sabres at Buda 
with my single rapier, and shall a chitty-faced, beggarly Scots 
lordling, speak of me and a window in the same breath ? — Stand 
off, old Pillory, let me make Scots coUops of him — he dies the , 
death." 

" For the love of Heaven, gentlemen," exclaimed the old miser, 
throwing himself between them, ** do not break the peace on any 
consideration ! Noble guest, forbear the captain — he is a very 
Hector of Troy — Trusty Hector, forbear my guest, he is like to 
prove a very Achilles — ugh — ugh " 

Here he was interrupted by his asthma, but, nevertheless, 
continued to interpose his person between Colepepper (who had 
unsheathed his whinyard, and was making vain passes at his 
antagonist) and Nigel, who had stepped back to take his sword, 
and now held it unc&awn in his left hand. 

" Make an end of this foolery, you scoundrel !" said Nigel — 
** Do you come hither to vent your noisy oaths and your bottled- 
up vigour on met You seem to know me, and I am half- 
ashamed to say I have at length been able to recollect you — 
remember the garden behind the ordinary, you dastardly ru£Ban, 
and the speed with which fifty men saw you run from a drawn 
sword. — Get you gone, sir, and do not put mo to the vile labour 
of cudgelling such a cowardly rascal down stairs." 

The bully's countenance grew dark as night at this unexpected 
recognition ; for he had undoubtedly thought himself secure in his 
change of dress, and his black patch, from being discovered by a 
person who had seen him but once. He set his teeth, clenched his 
hands, and it seemed as if he was seeking for a moment's courage 
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s^rord, turned his back in gloomy silence, and spoke not until lie 
reached the door, when, turning round, he said, with a deep oath, 
^ If I be not avenged of you for this insolence ere many days eo 
by, I would the g^lows had my body and the deyil my spirit 1*' 

So saying, and with a look where determined spite and malice 
made his features savagely fierce, though they could not overcome 
his fear, he turned and left the house. Nigel followed him as far 
as the gallery at the head of the staircase, with the purpose of 
seeing him depart, and ere he returned was met by Mistress 
Martha Trapbois, whom the noise of the quarrel had summoned 
from her own apartment. He could not resist saying to her in 
his natural displeasure — ** I would, madam, you could teach your 
father and his friends the lesson which you had the goodness to 
bestow on me this morning, and prevail on them to leave me the 
unmolested privacy of my own apartment.'* 

**If you come hither for quiet or retirement, young man,'* 
answered she, '^you have been advised to an evil retreat. You 
might seek mercy in the Star-chamber, or holiness in hell, with 
better success than quiet in Alsatia. But my father shall trouble 
you no longer." 

So saying, she entered the apartment, and, fixing her eyes on 
the casket, she said with emphasis — " If you display such a load- 
stone, it will draw many a steel knife to your throat." 

While Nigel hastily shut the casket, she addressed her father, 
upbraiding him with small reverence for keeping company with 
the cowardly, hectoring, murdering villain, John Colepepper. 

" Ay, ay, child," said the old man, with the cunning leer which 
intimated perfect satisfaction with his own superior address — 
" I know — I know — ugh — but I '11 cross-bite him — I know them 
all, and I can manage them — ay, ay — I have the trick on 't — ugh 
— ugh." 

** lou manage, father," said the austere damsel ; '^ you will 
manage to have your throat cut, and that ere long. You cannot 
hide from them your gains' and your gold as formerly." 

" My gains, wench 1 my gold ?" said the usurer ; " alack-a-day, 
few of these and hard got — few and hard got." 

** This will not serve you, father, any longer," said she, " and 
had not served you thus long, but that Bully Colepepper had con- 
tidved a cheaper way of plundering your house, even by means 
of my miserable self. — But why do I speak to him of idl this," 
she said, checking herself, and shrugging her shoulders with an 
expression of pity which did not fall much short of scorn. ^ He 
hears me not — he thinks not of me. — Is it not strange that tho 
love of gathering gold should survive the care to preserve both 
property and hfe T" 

" Your father," said Lord Glenvarloch, who could not help 
respecting the strong sense and feeling shewn by this poor woman, 
even amidst all her rudeness and severity, ^* your father seems to 
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his or^ary pursmts and functions. I wonder he is not senml^ 
of the weight of your arguments." 

<< Nature made him a man senseless of danger, and that insensi- 
bility is the best thing I have derived from him," said she ; ^ age 
has left him shrewdness enough to tread his old beaten pa^s, but 
not to seek new courses. The old blind horse will long continue 
to go its rounds in the mill, when it would stumble in the open 
m«idow." 

" Daughter I — why, wench — why, housewife !" said the old 
man, awakening out of some dream, in which he had been sneer- 
ing 4md chuckling in imagination, probably over a successful piece 
of roguery, — " go to chamber, wench — go to chamber — draw 
bolts and chun — look sharp to door — let none in or out but 
worshipful Master Grahame — I must take my cloak, and go to 
Duke Hildebrod — ay, ay, time has been, my own warrant was 
enough ; but the lower we lie, the more are we under the wind." 

And, with his wonted chorus of muttering and coughing, Ihe 
old man left the apartment. His daughter stood for a moment 
looking after him, with her usual expression of discontent and 
sorrow. 

" You ought to persuade your fiither," said Nigel, " to leave 
this evil neighbourhood, if you are in reafity apprehensive for his 
safety." 

** He would be safe in no other quarter," said the daughter ; *^ I 
would rather the old man were dead than publicly dishonoured. 
In other quarters he would be pelted and pursued like an owl 
which ventures into sunshine. Here he was safe, while his com- 
rades could avail themselves of his talents ; he is now squeezed 
and fleeced by them on every pretence. They consider him as a 
vessel on the strand, from which each may snatch a prey ; and 
the very jealousy which they entertain respecting him as a 
common property, may perhaps induce them to guard him from 
more private and daring assaults." ^ 

"Still, meliiinks, you ought to leave this place," answered 
Nigel, "since you might find a safe retreat in some distant 
country." 

" In Scotland, doubtless," said she, looking at him with a sharp 
and suspicious eye, "and enrich strangers with our rescued 
wealth — Ha ! young man !" 

" Madam, if you knew me," said Lord Glenvarloch, ** you 
would spare the suspicion implied in your words." 

" Wlio shall assure me of that ?" said Martha, sharply. " They 
say you are a brawler and a gamester, and I know how far these 
are to be trusted by the unhappy." 

" They do me wrong, by Heaven I" said Lord Glenvarioch. 

" It may be so," said Martha ; " I am little interested in the 
degree of your vice or your folly ; but it is plain, that the one 
or the other has conducted you hither, and that your best hope 
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posdble delay^ from a pboe which is always a sty for twine, and 
often a shambles." So saying, she left the apartment 

There was something in the imgradoiis manner of this female, 
amounting almost to contempt of him she spoke to — an indig- 
nity to which Glenvarloch, notwithstanding his pov^^rty, had not 
as yet been personally exposed, and which, themfore, gave him 
a transitory feeling of pain£«l mirprise. Neither did the dark 
hints which Martlub threw out concerning ihe danger of his pdaoe 
of refuge, sound by any means agreeably to his ears. The bravest 
man, placed in a situation in winch he is surrounded by suspi- 
cious persons, and removed from all counsel and assistance, 
except those afforded by a valiant heart and a strong arm, 
exp^iences a sinking of the heart, a consciousness of abandon- 
ment, which ibr a moment chills his blood, and depresses his 
natural gallantry of disposition. 

But, if sad reflections arose in Nigel's nmid, he had not time 
to indulge them ; and, if he saw Httle prospect of finding friends 
in Alsatia, he fouad that he was not hkely to be solitary Ibr l*ek 
of visiters. 

He had scarcely paced his apartment for ten minutes, endea- 
Touring to arrange his ideas on the course which he was to 
pursue on quitting Alsatia, when he was interrupted by the 
Sovereign of that quarter, the great Duke Hildebrod himself^ 
before whose approach the bolts and chains of the miser's 
dwelling fell, or withdrew, as of their own accord ; and both the 
folding leaves of the door were opened, that he might roll 
himseu into the house like a huge butt of liquor, a vessel to 
which he bore a considerable outward resemblance, both in size, 
shape, complexion, and contents. 

" Good-morrow to your lordship," said the greasy puncheon, 
cocking his single eye, and rolling it upon Nigel with a singular 
expresHion of familiar impudence; whilst his grim buU-dog, which 
was close at his heels, made a kind of gurgling in his throat, as 
if saluting, in similar &shion, a starved cat, the only Uving thing 
in Trapbois' house which we have not yet enumerated, and which 
had flown up to the top of the tester, where she stood clutching 
and grinning at the mastiff, whose greeting she accepted wi^ as 
much good-will as Nigel bestowed on that of the dog's master. 

*• Peace, Belzie 1 — D — n thee, peace I" said Duke Hildebrod. 
* Beasts and fools will be meddling, my lord." 

<< I thought, sir," answered Nigel, with as much haughtiness 
as was consistent with the cool distance which he desired to 
preserve, '*! had told you, my name at present was Nigel 
Crrahame." 

His eminence of Whitefriars on this burst out into a loud, 
chuckling, impudent laugh, repeating the word, till his voice was 
almost inarticulate, — ** Niggle Green — Niggle Green — Niggle 
Green ! — why, my lord, you would be queered in the drinking 
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Why, you have told me the secret even now, had I not had a 
shrewd guess of it before. Why, Master Nigel, since that is the 
word, I only called you my lord, because we made you a peer of 
Alsatia last night, when the sack was predominant. — How yoa 
look now I — Ha! hat ha!'' 

Nigel, indeed, conscious that he had unnecessanly betrayed 
himself, replied hast'jy, — ^he was much obliged to him for the 
honours conferred, but did not propose to remain in the Sanc- 
tuary long enough to enjoy them.'* 

** Why, that may be as you will, an you will walk by wise 
eounsel," answered the ducal porpoise ; and, although Nigel 
remiuned standing, in hopes to accelerate his guest's departure, 
he threw himself into one of the old tapestry-backed easy-chairs, 
which cracked under his weight, and began to call for old Trap- 
bois. 

The crone of all work appearing instead of her master, the 
Duke cursed her for a careless jade, to let a strange gentleman, 
and a brave guest, go without his morning's draught. 

** I never teke one, sir," said Glenvarloch. 

^Time to begin — time to begin," answered the Duke. — 
''Here, you old refuse of Sathan, go to our palace, and fetch 
Lord Green's morning draught. Let us see — what shall it be, 
my lord ! — a humming double pot of ale, with a roasted crab 
dimcing in it like a wherry above bridge ? — or, hum — ay, young 
men are sweet-toothed — a quart of burnt sack, with sugar and 
spice ? — good against the fogs. Or, what say you to sipping a 
gill of right distilled waters 1 Come, we will have them all, and 
you shall take your choice. — Here, you Jezabel, let Tim send 
the ale, and the sack, and the nipperkin of double-distilled, with 
a bit of diet-loaf, or some such trinket, and score it to the new 
comer." 

Glenvarloch, bethinking himself that it might be as well to 
endure this fellow's insolence for a brief season, as to get into . 
farther discreditable quarrels, suffered him to take his own way, 
without interruption, only observing, ** You make yourself at 
home, sir, in my apartment ; but, for tiie lime, you may use your 
pleasure. Meantime, I would fain know what has procured me 
the honour of this unexpected visit !" 

** You shall know that when old Deb has brought the liquor — 
I never speak of business dry -lipped. Why, how she drumbles 
— I warrant she stops to take a sip on the road, and then you 
will think you have had unchristian measure. — In the mean- 
while, look at that dog there — look Belzebub in the face, and 
tell me if you ever saw a sweeter beast — never flew but at head 
in his life." 

And, after this congenial panegyric, he was proceeding with a 
tale of a dog and a bml, which threatened to be somewhat of the 
longest, when he was interrupted by the return of the old crone, 
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ables which he had demanded, and which probably was the only 
species of interruption he would have endured with equanimity. 

When the cups and cans were duly arranged upon the table, 
and when Deborah, whom the ducal generosity honoured with a 
penny farthing in the way of gratuity, had withdrawn with her 
satelUtes, the worthy potentate, having first slightly invited Lord 
Glenvarioch to partake of the liquor which he was to pay for, and 
after having observed, that, excepting three poached eggs, a pint 
of bastard, and a cup of clary, he was fasting from every thing 
but sin, set himself seriously to reinforce the radical moisture. 
Glenvarioch had seen Scottish lairds and Dutch burgomasters at 
their potations ; but their exploits (though each might be termed 
a thirsty generation) were nothing to those of Duke Hildebrod, 
who seemed an absolute sand-bed, capable of absorbing any given 
quantity of liquid, without being either vivified or overflowed. He 
drank off the ale to quench a thirst which, as he said, kept him 
in a fever from morning to night, and night to morning ; tippled 
off the sack to correct the crudity of the ale ; sent the spirits 
after the sack to keep all quiet, and then declared that, probably, 
he should not taste liquor till post meridiem, unless it was in com- 
pliment to some especial friend. Finally, he intimated that he 
was ready to proceed on the business which brought him from 
home so early, a proposition which Nigel readily received, though 
he could not help suspecting that the most important purpose of 
Duke Hildebrod's visit was already transacted. 

In this, however, Lord Glenvarioch proved to be mistaken. 
Hildebrod, before opening what he had to say, made an accurate 
survey of the apartment, laying, from time to time, his finger on 
his nose, and winking on Nigel with his single eye, while he 
opened and shut the doors, lifted the tapestry, which concealed, 
in one or two places, the dilapidation of time upon the wainscoted 
walls, peeped into closets, and, finally, looked under the bed, to 
assure himself that the coast was clear of listeners and interlopers. 
He then resumed his seat, and beckoned confidentially to Nigel 
to draw his chair close to him. 

** I am well as I am. Master Hildebrod,'' replied the young 
lord, little disposed to encourage the familiarity which the man 
endeavoured to fix on him ; but the undismayed Duke proceeded 
as follows : 

*• You shall pardon me, my lord — and I now give you the 
title right seriously — if I remind you that our waters may be 
watch^ ; for though old Trapbois be as deaf as Saint Paul's, yet 
his daughter has sharp ears, and sharp eyes enough, and it is of 
them that it is my business to speak." 

" Say away, then, sir," said Nigel, edging his chair somewhat 
closer to the Quicksand, <* although I cannot conceive what busi- 
ness I have either with mine host or his daughter." 

** We will see that in a twinkling of a quart-pot," answered the 
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in a net before old Jack Hildebrod, that has thrice your yean 
o'er his head, and was bom, like King Richard, with all his eye- 
teeth ready cut" 

« Well, sir, go on," said Nigel. 

<* Why, then, my lord, I presume to say, that, if you are, as«I 
beUeve you are, that Lord Glenvarloch whom ail the world talk 
of — the Scotch gallant that has spent all, to a thin cloak and a 
light purse — be not moved, my lord, it is so noised of you — 
men call you the sparrowhawk, who will fly at all — ay, were it 
in the very Park — be not moved, my lord." 

^I am ashamed, sirrah," replieid Glenvarloch, ''that you 
should have power to move me by your insolence — but beware 
— and, if you indeed guess who I am, consider how long I may 
be able to endure your tone of insolent familiarity." 

** I crave pardon, my lord," said Hildebrod, with a sullen, yet 
apologetic look ; '* I meant no harm in speaking my poor mind. 
I know not what honour there may be in being fcmiiliar with 
your lordship, but I judge there is little safety, for Lowestoffe is 
laid up in lavender only for having shewn you the way into 
Alsatia ; and so, what is to come of those who maintain yoa 
when you are here, or whether they will get most honour or 
most trouble by doing so, I leave with your lordship's better 
judgment." 

** I will bring no one into trouble on my account," said Lord 
•Glenvarloch. ** I will leave Whitefriars to-morrow. Nay, by 
Heaven, I will leave it this day." 

" You will have more wit in your anger, I trust," said Doke 
Hildebrod ; ^listen first to what I have to say to you, and, if honest 
Jack Hildebrod puts you not in the way of nicking them all, may 
he never cast doublets, or gull a greenhorn again ! And so, my 
lord, in plain words, you roust wap and win." 

** Your words must be still plainer before I can onderstand 
them," said Nigel. 

<< What the devil — a gamester, one who deals with the devil's 
bones and the doctors, and not understand pedlar's French ! 
Nay, then, I must speak plain English, and that 's the simpleton's 
tongue." 

** Speak, then, sir," said Nigel ; *' and I pray you be brie^ for 
I have litUe more time to bestow on you." 

** Well, then, my lord, to be brief, as you and the lawyers call 
it — T understand you have an estate in Uie north, which changes 
masters for want of the redeeming ready. — Ay, you start, but 
you cannot dance in a net before me, as I said before ; and so 
the King runs the frowning humour on you, and the Court 
vapours you the go-by ; and the Prince scowls at you from under 
his cap ; and the favourite serves you out the puckered brow and 
the cold shoulder ; and the favourite's favourite " 

* To go no farther, sir," interrupted Nigel, " suppose 9U this 
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^ What Mows 1" returned Duke Hildebrod. « Marry, this 
follows, that you will owe good deed, as well as good will, to him 
who shall put you in the way to walk with your beaver cocked in 
the presence, as an ye were Earl of Kildare ; bully the courtiers ; 
meet the Prince's blighting look with a bold brow ; confront the 
favourite ; baffle his deputy, and " 

*' This is all well," said Nigel ; ^* but how is it to be accom- 
plished r 

« By making thee a Prince of Peru, my lord of the northern 
latitudes ; propping thine old castle with ingots, — fertilizing thy 
failing fortunes wiw gold dust — it shall but cost thee to put tliy 
baron's coronet for a day or so on the brows of an old Caduca 
here, the man's daughter of the house, and thou art master of a 
mass of treasure that shall do all I have said for thee, and " 

'< What, you would have me marry this old gentlewoman here, 
the daughter of mine host V* said Nigel, surprSed and angry, yet 
unable to suppress some desire to laugh. 

** Nay, my lord, I would have you marry fifty thousand good 
sterling pounds ; for that, and better, hath old Trapbois hoarded ; 
and thou shalt do a deed of mercy in it to the old man, who will 
lose his golden smelts in some worse way — for now that he is 
well-nigh past his day of work, his day of payment is like to 
follow." 

^ Truly, this is a most courteous offer," said Lord Glenvarloch; 
^'but may I pray of your candour^ most noble duke, to tell me 
why you dispose of a ward of so much wealth on a stranger Uke 
me, who may leave you to-morrow i" 

** In sooth, my lord," said the Duke, ** that question smacks 
more of the wit of Beaujeu's ordinary, than any word I have yet 
heard your lordship speak, and reason it is you should be answered. 
Touching my peers, it is but necessary to say, that Mistress 
Martha Trapbois wiU none of them, whether clerical or laic. 
Tlie captain hath asked her, so hath the parson, but she will none 
of them — she looks higher than either, and is, to say truth, a 
woman of sense, and so forth, too profound, and of spirit some- 
thing too high, to put up with greasy buff or rusty prunella. For 
-ourselves, we need but hint that we have a consort in tlie land of 
the living, and, what is more to purpose, Mrs Martha knows it. 
So, as she will not lace her kersey hood save with a quality bind- 
ing, you, my lord, must be the man, and must carry off fifty 
thousand deouses, the spoils of five thousand bulUes, cuttei-s, and 
spendthrifts, — always deducting from the main sum some five 
tliousand pounds for our princely advice and countenance, with- 
out which, as matters stand in Alsatia, you would find it hard to 
win the plate." 

" But has your wisdom considered, sur," replied Glenvarloch, 
** how this wedlock can serve me in my present emergence I" 

" As for that, my lord," said Duke Hildebrod, " if, with forty 
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you will deserve to lose your head for your folly, and your hand 
for being close-fisted." 

^But since your goodness has taken my matters into sacb 
serious consideration, continued Nigel, who conceived there was 
no prudence in breaking with a man, who, in his way, meant 
him favour rather than offence, ** perhaps you may be able to 
tell roe how my kindred will be likely to receive such a bride as 
you recommend to me V* 

'< Touching that matter, my lord, I have always heard your 
countrymen knew as well as other folks, on which side their bread 
was buttered. And, truly, speaking from report, I know no 
place where fifty thousand pounds — fifty thousand pounds, I say, 
will make a woman more welcome than it is likely to do in your 
ancient kingdom. And, truly, saving the slight twist in her 
shoulder, Mrs Martha Trapbois is a person of very awful and 
majestic appearance, and may, for aught I know, be come of 
better blood than any one wots of ; for old Trapbois looks not 
over like to be her father, and her mother was a generous, Hberal 
sort of woman." 

" I am afraid," answered Nigel, " that chance is rather too 
vague to assure her a gracious reception into an honourable 
house." 

« Why, then, my lord," replied Hildebrod, « I think it like 
she will be even with them ; for I will venture to say, she has 
as much ill-nature as will make her a match for your whole 
clan." 

** That may inconvenience me a little," replied Nigel. 

**Not a whit — not a whit," said the Duke, fertile in expedients 5 
•* if she should become rather intolerable, which is not unlikely, 
your honoui-able house, which I presume to be a castle, hath, 
doubtless, both turrets and dungeons, and ye may bestow your 
bonny bride in either the one or the other, and then you know 
you will be out of hearing of her tongue, and she will be either 
above or below the contempt of your friends." 

" It is sagely counselled, most equitable sir," replied Nigel, 
** and such restraint would be a fit meed for her folly that gave 
me any power over her." 

^ You entertain ^e project then, my lord 1" said Duke Hilde- 
brod. 

" I must turn it in my mind for twenty-four hours," said 
Nigel ; " and I will pray you so to order matters that I be not 
further interrupted by any visiters." 

" We will utter an edict to secure your privacy," said the 
Duke ; ''and you do not think," be added, lowering his voice to 
a commercial whisper, ** that ten thousand is too much to pay to 
the Sovereign, in name of wardship V* 

« Ten thousand !" said Lord Glenvarloch 5 ** why, you said five 
thousand but now." 

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of his nose with his finger ; *' nay, if you have marked me so 
closely, you are thinking on the case more nearly than I believed, 
till you trapped me. Well, well, we will not quarrel about the 
consideration, as old Trapbois would call it — do you win and 
wear the dame ; it will be no hard matter ^ith your face and 
figure, and I will take care that no one interrupts you. I will 
have an edict from the Senate as soon as they meet for their 
meridiem." 
So saying, Duke Hildebrod took his leave. 



CHAPTER XXIV. 

This is the time— Heaven's maiden sentinel 
Hath quitted ber high watch — the lewer qMOgles 
Are paling one by one ; give me the ladder 
And the snort lever — bid Anthony 
Keep with his carabine the wiclcet-gate ; 
And do tliou bare thy knife and follow me. 
For we will in and do it— darkness like this 
Is dawning of our fortunes. 

Old Play. 

When Duke Hildebrod had withdrawn, Nigel's first impulse 
was an irresistible feeling to laugh at the sage adviser, who would 
have thus connected him with age, ugliness, and ill-temper ; but 
his next thought was pity for the unfortunate father and daughter, 
who, being the only persons possessed of wealth in this unhappy 
district, seemed like a wreck on the sea-shore of a barbarous 
country, only secured from plunder for the moment by tlie 
jealousy of the tribes among whom it had been cast. Neither 
could he help being conscious that his own residence here was 
upon conditions equally precarious, and that he was considered 
by the Alsatians in the same light of a godsend on the Cornish 
coast, or a sickly but wealthy caravan travelling through the 
wilds of Africa, and emphatically termed by the nations of 
despoilers through whose reigions it passes, Dummalafong, which 
signifies a thing given to be devoured — a common prey to all 
men. 

Nigel had already formed his own plan to extricate himself, at 
whatsoever risk, from his perilous and degrading situation ; and, 
in order that he mieht carry it into instant execution, he only 
awaited the return of Lowestoffe's messenger. He expected him, 
however, in vain, and could only amuse himself by looking through 
such parts of his baggage as had been sent to him from his 
former lodgings, in order to select a small packet of the most 
necessary articles to take with him, in the event of his quitting 
his lodgings secretly and suddenly, as speed and privacy would, 
he foresaw, be particularly necessary, if he meant to obtain an 
interview with die King, which was the course his spirit and his 
interest alike determined him to pursue. 

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While he was thus engaged, he found, greatly to his satisfactioB^ 
that Master Lowestoiie had transmitted not only his rapier and 
poniard, hut a pair of pistols, which he had used in travelling ; ci 
a smaller and more convenient size than the large petronels, or 
horse pistols, which were tiien in common use, as heing made Ibr 
wearing at the girdle or in the pockets. Next to having stout 
and friendly comrades, a man is chiefly imbeldened by finding 
himself well armed in case of need, and Nigel, who had thoughi 
with some anxiety on the hazard of trusting his Hfe, if attacl^, 
to the protection of the clumsy weapon with which Lowestoffe 
had equipped him, in order to complete his disguise, felt an 
emotion of confidence approaching to triumph, as, drawing his 
own good and well-tried rapier, he wiped it with his handkerchief, 
examined its point, bent it once or twice against the ground to 
prove its well-known metal, and finally replaced it in the scabbard, 
the more hastily, that he heard a tap at the door of his chamber, 
and had no mind to be found vapouring in the apartment with his 
sword drawn. 

It was his old host who entered, to tell him with many cringes 
that the price of his apartment was to be a crown per diem ; and 
that, according to the custom of Whitefriars, the rent was always 

{>ayable per advance, although he never scrupled to let the money 
ie till a week or fortnight, or even a month, m the hands of any 
"honourable guest like Master Gk^ame, always upon some reason* 
able consideration for the use. Nigel got rid of the old dotard's 
intrusion, by throwing down two pieces of gold, and requeuing 
the accommodation of his present apartment for eight days, 
adding, however, he did not think he should tarry so long. 

The miser, willi a sparkling eye and a trembling hand, clutched 
fast l^e proffered coin, an^j having balanoed the pieces with 
exquisite pleasure on the extremity of his withered finger, began 
almost instantly to shew that not even the possession of gold can 
gratify for more Ihan an instant Ihe very heart that is most eager 
m the pursuit of it. First, the pieces might be hght — with 
hasty hand he drew a small pair of scales from his bosom and 
weighed them, first together, then separately, and smiled with 
glee as he saw them attain the due depression in the balance — 
a circumstance which might add to his profits, if it were true, as 
was currently reported, that little of the gold coinage was current 
in Alsatia in a perfect state, and that none ever left the Sanc- 
tuary in that condition. 

Another foar then occurred to trouble the old miser's ytoasur^ 
He had been just able to comprehend that Nigel intended t» 
leave the Friars sooner than the arrival of the term for lAask 
he had deposited the rent. This might imply an expectation ol 
refunding, which, as a Scotch wag said, of all species of funding, 
jumped least in the old gentleman's humour. He was beginning 
to enter a hypothetical caveat on this subject, and .to quote 
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Be<m i «tf en t, ixmld be I'epaid back on any pretenee, without great 
hard^ip to the landlord, when Nigel, growing impatient, told 
him that the money was his absolutely, and without any inten- 
tion on his part of resuming any of it — all he asked in return 
was the liberty of enjoying in private the apartment he had paid 
for. Old Trapbois, who had still at his tongue's end much of 
the smooth language, by which, in his time, he had hastened the 
nuB of many a young spendthiift, began to lanch oiit upon the 
noble and generous disposition of his new guest, until Nigel, 
growing impatient, took the old gentleman by the hand, and 
gently, yet irresistibly, leading him to the door of his chamber, 
put him out, Imt with such a decent and moderate exertion of 
bis superior strength, as to render the action in no shape inde* 
corous, and fastening the door, began to do that for his pistols 
which he had done fw his favourite aword, examining with care 
tiie flints and locks, and reviewing the state of his small provi- 
sion of ammunition. 

In this operation he was a second time interrupted by a knock- 
ing at his door — he called upon the person to enter, having no 
doubt that it was Lowestoffe's messenger at length arrived. It 
was, however, the ungracious daughter of old Trapbois, who, 
muttering something about her £ftther*s mistake, laid down upon 
the table one of the pieces of gold which Nigel had just given 
to him, saying, that what she retained was the full rent for the 
term he had specified. Nigel replied, he had paid the money, 
and had no desire to receive it again. 

'^ Do as you will with it, then," replied his hostess, * for there 
it lies, and shidl lie for me. If you are fool enough to pay more 
than is reason, my father shall not be knave enough to take it.'' 

** But your father, mistress," said Nigel, ^ your father told 
me " 

^Oh, my father, my father," said she, interrupting him, — 
^ my Slither maniu;ed these affairs while he was able — I manage 
them now, and that may in the long run be as well for both 
of us." 

She then looked on the table, and observed the weapons. 

^ You have arms, I see," she said ; *' do you know how to use 
them !" 

^ I should do so, mistress," replied Nigel, '* for it has been my 
occupation." 

« You are a soldier, then 1" she demanded. 

'' No farther as yet, than as every gentleman of my country is 
a soldier." 

** Ay, that is your point of honour — to cut the throats of the 
peor — a proper gen^eman-like occupation for those who should 
-protect them !" 

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** Ay/' replied Martha, "Hib fidrly worded ; but men say yen 
are as prompt as others in petty brawls, where neither yoor safe^ 
nor yoor country is in hazard ; and that, had it not been so, yon 
would not have been in the Sanctuary to-day." 

*' Mistress," returned Nigel, *' I should labour in vain to make 
you understand that a man's honour, which is, or should be, 
dearer to him than his life, may often call on and compd us to 
hazard our own lives, or those of others, on what would otherwise 
seem trifling contingencies." 

^ Grod's law says nought of that," said the fiemale ; ** I have 
only read there, that thou shalt not Idll. But I have ndther time 
nor inclination to preach to you — ^yon will find enough of fighting 
here if you like it, and well if it come not to seek you when yon 
are least prepared. Farewell for the present — the char-woman 
will execute your conmiands for your meals." 

She left the room, just as Nigel, provoked at her asBumi^ig a 
superior tone of judgment and of censure, was about to be so 
superfluous as to enter into a dispute with an old pawnbroker's 
daughter on the subject of the point of honour. He smiled at 
himself for the folly into which the spirit of self-vindication had 
BO nearly hurried him. 

Lord Glenvarlodi then applied to old Deborah the char-w<mian, 
by whose intermediation he was provided with a tolerably decent 
dinner ; and the only embarrassment which he experienced, was 
from the almost forcible entry of the old dotard his kndlord, who 
insisted upon giving his assistance at laying the cloth.* Nigel 
had some difficulty to prevent him from displacing his arms 
and some papers which were lying on the small table at which 
he had been sitting ; and nothing short of a stem and positive 
injunction to the contrary could compel him to use another 
board (though there were two in the room) for the purpose of 
laying the cloth. 

Having at length obliged him to relinquish his purpose, he 
could not help oMerving that the eyes of the old dotard settled 
still anxiously fixed upon the small table on which lay his sword 
and pistols ; and that, amidst all the little duties which he seemed 
officiously anxious to render to his guest, he took every oppor- 
tunity of looking towards and approaching these objects of his 
attention. At length, when Trapbois thought he had completely 
avoided ^e notice of his guest, Nisei, through the observation of 
one of the cracked mirrors, on which channel of communication 
the old man had not calculated, beheld him actually extend his 
hand towards the table in question. He thought it unnecessary 
to use farther ceremony, but telline his landlonU in astern voioe^ 
that he permitted no one to touch his arms, he commanded him 
to leave the apartment. The old usurer commenced a maunder- 
ing sort of apology, in which all that Nigel distinctly apprehended, 
was a frequent repetition of the word eontidera$um, and which did 
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of lu8 eommand to him to leave the aDartment, upon pain of worse 
eonsequencee. « 

The ancient Hebe who acted as T^ord Glenvarloch's cnp-bearer, 
took his part against the intrusion of the still more antiquated 
Ganymede, and insisted on old Trapbois leaving the room in- 
atantly, menacing him at the same time with her mistress's dis- 
pleasure if he remained there any longer. The old man seemed 
more under petticoat government than any other, for the threat 
of the char-woman produced peater effect upon him than the 
more formidable dii^leasure of Nigel. He withdrew grumbling 
and muttering, and Lord Glenvarloch heard him bur a large 
door at the nearer end of the gallery, which served as a division 
betwixt the other parts of the extensive mansion, and the apart- 
ment occupied by his guest, which, as the reader is aware, had 
its access from the limding-place at the head of the grand 
staircase. 

Nigel accepted the careful sound of the bolts and bars as they 
were severally drawn by the trembling hand of old Trapbois, as 
an omen that the senior did not mean again to revisit him in the 
course of the evening, and heartily rejoiced that he was at length 
to be left to uninterrupted solitude. 

The old woman asked if there was aueht else to be done for his 
accommodation ; and, indeed, it had hitherto seemed as if the 
pleasure of serving him, or more properly the reward which she 
expected, had renewed her youth and activity. Nigel desired to 
have candles, to have a fire lighted in his apartment, and a few 
fiigots placed beside it, that he mig)}t feed it from time to time, 
as he began to feel the chilly effects of the damp and low situa- 
tion of the house, close as it was to the Thames. But while the 
old woman was absent upon his errand, he began to think in what 
way he diould pass the long solitary evening with which he was 
threatened. 

His own reflections promised to Nigel little amusement, and 
less applause. He had considered his own perilous situation in 
every light in which it could be viewed, and foresaw as little 
utility as comfort in resuming the survey. To divert the current 
of his ideas, books were, of course, the readiest resource ; and 
although, like most of us, Nigel had, in his time, sauntered 
throng large libraries, and even spent a long time there with- 
out greatly disturbing their learned contents, he was now in a 
situation where the possession of a volume, even of very inferior 
merit, becomes a real treasure. The old housewife returned 
ehoTtly afterwards with fagots, and some pieces of half-burnt 
wax-candles, the perquisites, probably, real or usurped, of some 
experienced groom of the chambers, two of which she placed in 
laive brass candlesticks, of different shapes and patterns, and 
laid the others on the table, that Nigel might renew them from 
time to time as they burnt to the socket She heard with inte- 
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book —to pass away the night withal> and retnmed f>r nnwwe&^ 
that she knew of no <other books in the hoose than her yoong 
nistress*8 (as she always denominated Mistress Martha Trap- 
bois) Bible, which the owner would not lend ; and her Master's^ 
Whetstone of Witte, being the second part of Aritinnelic, by 
Robert Record, with the Ckissike Practice and Rede of Equation ; 
which promising volume Nigel declined to borrow. She offered, 
however, to bx^g some b^ks from Duke Hildebrod — "who 
sometimes, good gentleman, gave a glance at a book when the 
State affairs of Alsatia left him as much leisure/' 

Nigel embraced die proposal, and his unwearied Iris soattled: 
away on this second embassy. She returned hi a short time with 
a tattered quarto volume under her arm, and a pottle of sack in 
her hand ; for the Duke, judging that mere reading was dry 
work, had sent the wine by way of sauce to help it down, not for- 
getting to add the price to the morning's score, which he had 
ahready run up against the stranger in ibe Sanctuary. 

Nigel seized on the book, and did not refuse the wine, thinkings 
that a glass or two, as it really proved to be of good quality, 
would be no bad interlude to his studies. He dismissed, widi 
thanks and assurance of reward, the poor old drudge who had 
been so zealous in his service ; trimmed his fire and candles, and 
placed the easiest of the old arm-chairs in a convenient postura 
betwixt the fire and the table at which he had dined, and whidi 
now supported the measure of sack and the lights; and thus 
accompanying his studies with such luxurious af^liances as were 
in his power, he began to examine the only volume with whidi^ 
the ducal library of Alsatia had been able to supply him. 

The contents, though of a kind generally interesting, were no* 
well calculated to dispel the gloom by which he was surrounded. 
The book was entitled, '' God's Revenge against Murther ;" not, 
as the bibliomanical reader may easily conjecture, tiie w<»i& 
which Reynolds published under that imposing name, but one of 
a much earlier date, printed and sold by old Wolfe ; and whicfa, 
could a copy now be found, would sell for much more than it* 
weight in gold.* 

Nigel had soon enough of the doleful tales which the book eon- 
tains, and attempted oue or two other modes of killing th» 
evening. He looked out at window, but the night was ralny^ 
with gusts of wind ; he tried to coax the fire, but the fiigots were 
green, and smoked without burning ; and as 1^ was naturally tem- 
perate, he felt his bk)od somewhat heated by the canary sack which 
he had already drunk, and had no farther inclination to that 
pastime. He next attempted to compose a memorial addresried 
to the King, in which he set forth his case and his grievanees; 

* Only three copies are known to exift ; one in the Kbmrv «t Keanaqahalr, 
and two— one foxed and cropped, the othw tall and in good cooditton — boUi 
in the possesBion of an eminent member of the Roxburgh Club.— Ao<r By 

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4>ut, speedily stung widi the idea that his supplication would be 
treated with scorn, he flung the scroll into the fire, and, in a sort 
of desperation, resumed tiie book which he had laid aside. 

Nigel became mor^ interested in the volume at the second than 
at the first attempt which he made to peruse it. The narratives, 
strange and shocking as they were to human feeling, possessed 
yet the interest of sorcery or of fascination which rivets the 
attention by its awakening horrors. Much was told of the 
strange and horrible acts of blood by which men, setting nature 
and humanity alike at defiance, had, for the thirst of revenge, the 
lust of gold, or the cravings of irregular ambition, broken into the 
tabernacle of life. Yet more surprising and mysterious taJes 
were recounted of the mode in which such deeds of blood had 
come to be discovered and revenged. Animals, irrational 
animals, had told the secret, and birds of the air bad carried the 
matter. The elements had seemed to betray tiie deed which had 
polluted them — earth had ceased to support the murderer's 
steps, fire to warm his frozen Umbs, water to refresh his parched 
lips, air to relieve his gasping lungs. All, in short, bore evidence 
to the homicide's guilt. In other circumstances, the criminal's 
own awakened conscience pursued and brought him to justice ; 
and in some narratives the grave was said to have yawned, tiiat 
the ghost of the su£ferer might call for revenge. 

It was now wearing late in the night, and the book was still in 
Nigel's hands, when tiie tapestry which hung behind him flapped 
against the wall, and the wind produced by its motion waved the 
flame of the candles by which he was reading. Nigel started and 
turned round, in that excited and irritated state of mind which 
arose from tiie nature of his studies, especially at a period when 
a certain degree of superstition was inculcated as a point of reli- 
gious faith. It was not without emotion that he saw the bloodless 
countenance, meagre form, and ghastly aspect of old Trapbois, 
once more in the very act of extending his withered hand towards 
the table ^^ch supported his arms. Convinced by this untimely 
apparition that something evil was meditated towards him, Nigel 
sprung up, seized his sword, drew it, and, placing it at the old 
man's breast, demanded of him what he did in his apartment at 
80 untimely an hour. Trapbois shewed neither fear nor surprise, 
and only answered by some imperfect expressions, intimating he 
wotUd part with his Ufe rather than witii his property ; and Lord 
Glenrarlocfa, strangely embarrassed, knew not what to think of 
.the intruder's motives, and still less how to get rid of him. As 
■ he again tried the means of intimidation, he was surprised by a 
second apparition from behind the tapestry, in the person of the 
-daughter of Trapbois, bearing a lamp in her hand. She also 
fleemed to possess her father's insensibility to danger, for, coming 
ok>se to Nigel, she pushed aside impetuously his n^ed sword, and 
even attempt^ to take it out of his hand. 
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and more ! — thb the honour of » Scottish gentleman ! — gire it 
to me to make a spindle of V* 

** Stand back," said Nigel ; ^ I mean your &ther no injury — 
bat I viU know what has caused him to prowl this whole day, and 
even at this late hour, around my arms." 

« Your arms !" repeated she ; ^ alas I young man, the whole 
arms in the Tower of London are of little value to him, in com- 
parison of this miserable piece of gold which I left this morning 
, on the table of a young spendthrift, too careless to put what 
belonged to hun into his own purse." 

So saying, she shewed the piece of gold, which, still remaining 
on the table where she haid left it, had been the bait that 
attracted old Trapbois so frequently to the spot ; and which, even 
in the silence of the night, had so dwelt on his imagination, that 
he had made use of a private passage long disused, to enter his 
guest's apartment, in order to possess himself of the treasure 
during his slumbers. He now exclaimed, at the highest tones of 
his cracked and feeble voice — 

^ It is mine — it is mine ! — he gave it to me for a ocmsidem- 
tion — I will die ere I part with my property I" 

^ It is indeed his own, mistrete," said Nigel, ^ and I do entreat 
you will restore it to the person on whom I have bestowed it, and 
let me have my apartment in quiet" 

^ T will account with you for it, then," said the maiden, 
reluctantly giving to her father the morsel of Mammon, on whidi 
he darted as if his bony fingers had been the talons of a hawk 
seizing its prey; and then making a C(Hitented muttering and 
mumbling, like an old dog after he has been fed, and just when 
he is wheeling himself thrice round for the purpose of lying 
down, he foUowed his dau^ter behind the tapestry, through a 
little sliding-door, which was perceived when the hMigings were 
drawn apart. 

^ This shall be properly fiistened to-morrow," said the daughter 
to Nigel, speaking in such a tone that her father, de«f, and 
engrossed by his acquisition, could not hear her ; ^ to-night I will 
continue to watch hun closely — I wish you good r^>ose." 

These few words, pronounced in a tone of more civility than 
she had yet made use of towards her lodger, contained a wish 
which was not to be accomplished, although her guest, presently 
after her departure, retired to bed. 

There was a slight fever in Nigel's blood, occasioned by the 
various events of we evening, which put him, as the phrase is, 
b^de his rest Perplexing and painKd thoughts rolled on his 
mind like a troubled stream, and the more he laboured to lull 
himself to slumber, the farther he seemed from attaining his 
object. He tried all the resources common in such cases ; kept 
counting from one to a thousand, until his head was giddy — he 
watched the embers of the wood fire till his eyes were dazaled — 
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creaking of ngns which projected from the houses, and the 
baying of here and there a homeless dog^ till his rery ear was 
weary. 

Suddenly, however, amid this monotony, came a sound which 
startled him at once. It was a female shriek. He sat up in his 
bed to listen, then remembered he was in Alsatia, where brawls 
of every sort were current among the unruly inhabitants. But 
another scream, and another, and another, succeeded so dose, 
that he was certain, though the noise was remote and sounded 
stifled, it must be in the same house with himself. 

Nigel jumped up hastily, put on a part of his clothes, seized his 
sword and pistols, and ran to the door of his chamber. Here he 
plainly heard the screams redoubled, and, as he thought, the 
sounds came from the usurer's apartment. All access to the 
gallery was effectually excluded by the intermediate door, which 
the brave young lord shook witii eager, but vain impatience. 
But the secret passage occurred suddenly to his recollection. He 
hastened back to his room, and succeeded with some difficulty in 
lighting a candle, powerfully agitated by hearing the cries re- 
peated, yet still more afraid lest they should sink into silence. 

He rushed along the narrow and winding entrance, guided by 
the noise, which now burst more wildly on his ear ; and, while he 
descended a narrow staircase which terminated the passage, he 
heard the stifled voices of men, encouraging, as it seemed, each 
other. — **D — n her, strike her down — silence her — beat her 
brains out !" — while th^ voice of his hostess, though now almost 
exhausted, was repeating the cry of *< murder," and ** help." At 
the bottom of the staircase was a small door, which gave way 
before Nigel as he precipitated himself upon the scene of action, 
— a cocked pistol in one hand, a candle in the other, and his 
naked sword under his arm. 

Two ruffians had, with great difficulty, overpowered, or, rather, 
were on the point of overpowering, the daughter of T^pbois, 
whose resistance appeared to have been most desperate, for the 
floor was covered with fragments of her clothes, and handfuls of 
her hair. It appeared tliAt her life was about to be the price of 
her defence, for one villain had drawn a long clasp-knife, when 
they were surprised by the entrance of Nigel, who, as they turned 
towards him, shot the fellow with the knife dead on the spot, and, 
when the other advanced to him, hurled the candlestick at his 
head, and then attacked him with his sword. It was dark, save 
some pale moonlight from the window; and the ruffian, after 
firing a pistol without effect, and fighting a traverse or two with 
his sword, lost heart, made for the window, leaped over it, and 
escaped. Nigel fired his remaining pistol after hun at a venture, 
and then called for light. 

** There is light in the kitchen," answered Martha Trapbois, 
with more presence of mind than could have been expected. 
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Iftther — my poor hiher !^-7 knew it wouM oome 16 this — And 
All aknig of the accursed gold ! — They have murdered him !** 



CHAPTER XXV. 

Death finds us 'mid our playthings — snatches us. 
As a cross nurse might do a wayward child. 
From all our toys and baubles. His rough call 
Unlooses all our favourite ties on. earth ; 
And well if thev are such as may be answer'd 
In yonder worid, where all is fudged of truly. 

Old Play. 

It was a ghastly scene which opened, upon Martha Tn^bois's 
return with a light. Her own haggard and austere features were 
exaggerated by all the desperation of grief, fear, and passion — 
but the latter was predominant. On the floor lay the body of the 
robber, who had expired without a groan, while his blood, flow- 
ing plentifully, had crimsoned all around. Another body lay 
also there, on which the unfortunate woman precipitated herself 
in agony, for it was that of her unhappy father. In the next 
moment she started up, and exclaiming — << There may be life 
yet !" strove to raise the body. Nigel went to her assistance, but 
not without a glance at the open window ; which Martha, as acute 
as if undisturbed either by passion or terror, failed not to inter- 
pret justly. 

« Fear not," she cried, " fear not ; they are base cowards, to 
whom courage is as mu^ch unknown as mercy. If I had had 
weapons, I could have defended myself against them without 
assistance or protection. — Oh ! my poor father ! protection comes 
too late for this cold and stiff corpse. — He is d«id — dead I** 
. While she spoke, they were attempting to raise the dead body 
of the old miser ; but it was evident, even from the feehng of tfaie 
inactive weight and rigid joints, that hfe had forsaken her station. 
Nigel looked for a wound, but saw none. Tlie daughter of the 
deceased, with more presence of mind than a daughter could at 
the time have been supposed capable of exerting, discovered tiie 
instrument of his murder — a sort of scarf, which had been drawn 
so tight round his throat, as to stifle his cries for assistance in the 
first instance, and afterwards to extinguish life. 

She undid the fatal noose ; and, laying the old man's body in 
the arms of Lord Glenvarlocb, she ran for water, for spirits, for 
essences, in the vain hope that life might be only suspended. That 
hope proved indeed vain. She ch^ed his temples, raised his 
head, loosened his night-gown, (for it seemed as ^ he had arisen 
from bed upon hearing the entrance of the villains,) and, finally,, 
opened, with difficulty, his Hxed and doeely^endied hands, 
from one of which dropped a key, from the other the very piece 
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anxkms, and which probably, in ike impaired state of his mental 
faculties, he was disposed to defend with as desperate enetgj as it 
its amount iiad been necessary to his actual existence. 

<' It is in vain — it is in vain/' said the daughter, desisting from 
her fruitless atteanpts to recall the spirit which had been effec* 
tually dislodged, for the neck had been twisted by the Tic^ence of 
the murderers; '^ It id in rain — he is murdered— ^I always 
knew it would be thus ; and now I witness it !" 

She then snatched up the key and the piece of money, but it 
was only to dash them again on the floor, as she exclaimed, 
^' Accursed be ye both, for you are the causes of this deed !" 

Nigel would have spoken — would have reminded her, that 
measures should be instantly taken for the pursuit of the mur- 
derer who had escaped, aa well as for her own security against 
Us return ; but she interrupted him sharply. 

^ Be silent," she said, ^' be dlent. Think you, the thoughts 
of my own heart are not enough to distract me, and with such a 
■ght as this before me 1 I say, be silent," she said again, and in 
a yet sterner tone — *' Gan a daughter listen, and her iMiher*s 
murdered corpse lying on her knees !** 

Lord Glenvarloeh, however overpowered by the energy of her 
grief, felt not the less the embarrassment of his own situation. He 
had discharged both his pistols — the robber might return — he 
had probably other assistantB besides the man who had fallen, and 
it seemed to him, indeed, as if he had heard a muttering beneath 
the windows. He explained hastily to his companion the neces- 
sity of procuring ammunition. 

** You are right," she said, somoM^t contemptuously, " and 
have ventured already more than ever I expected of man. Gro, 
and shift for yourself, since that is your purpose — leave me to 
my fate." 

Without stopping for needless expostulation, Nigel hastened to 
his own room through the secret passage, furnished himself with 
the ammunition he sought for, and returned with the same cele- 
rity ; wondering himself at the accuracy with which be achieved, 
in the dark, all the meanderings of the passage which he had 
traversed only once, and that in a moment of such violent 
agitation. 

He found, on his return, the unfortunate woman standing like 
a statue by the body of her father, which she had laid straight 
on the floor, having covered tiie face with the skirt of his gown. 
She testified neither surprise nor pleasure at Nigel's retmm, but 
said to him calmly — ** My raoan is made — my sorrow -^ all the 
sorrow at least that man shall ever have noting of, is gone past ; 
but I will have justice, and the base villain who murdered 
tins poor defenceless old man, when he had not, by the course of 
nature, a twelvemonth's life in him, shall not cumber the earth 
long after him. Stranger, whom Heaven has sent to forward the 
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are awake all night in iheir reyels -— bid him oome hither — he is 
bound by his duty, and dare not, and shall not, refuse his asms- 
tanoe, which he inows well I can reward. Why do ye tarry I — 
go instantly.** 

" I would," said Nigel, ^ but I am fearful of leaving you alone ; 
the villains may return, and ** 

** True, most true," answered Martha, ^ he may return ; and, 
though I care little for his murdering me, he may possess himself 
of what has most tempted him. Keep this key and this piece of 
gold ; they are both of importance — defend your life if assailed, 
and if you kill Ihe villain I will make you ridi. I go myself to 
caUforaid." 

Nigel would have remonstrated with her, but she had departed, 
and in a moment he heard the house-door clank behind her. For 
an instant he thought of followin|r her ; but upon recollection that 
the distance was but short betwixt the tavern of Hildebrod and 
the house of Trapbois, he concluded that she knew it better than 
he — incurred little danger in passing it, and that he would do 
well in the meanwhile to remain on the watch as she recom- 
mended. 

It was no pleasant mtuation for one unused to such scenes to 
remain in the apartment with two dead bodies, recently those of 
living and breathing men, who had both, within the space of less 
than half an hour, suffered violent deaib. ; one of them by the 
hand of the assassin, the other, whose blood still continued to flow 
from the wound in his throat, and to flood all around him, by the 
spectator's own deed of violence, though of justice. He turned 
lus face from those wretched relics of mortality with a feeline of 
disgust, mingled with superstition ; and he found, when he had 
done so, that the consciousness of the presence of these ghastly 
objects, though unseen by him, rendered him more uncomfortable 
than even when he had his eyes fixed upon, and reflected by, the 
cold, staring, lifeless eyeballs of the deceased. Fancy also played 
her usual sport with him. He now thought he heard the well- 
worn damask nightgown of the deceased usurer rustle ; anon, 
that he heard the slaughtered bravo draw up his leg, the boot 
scratching the floor as if he was about to rise ; and again he 
deemed he heard the footsteps and the whisper of the returned 
ruffian under the window from which he had lately escaped. To 
face the last and most real danger, and to parry the terrors which 
the other class of feelings were like to impress upon him, Nigel 
went to the window, and was much cheered to observe the light 
of several torches illuminating the street, and followed, as the 
murmur of voices denoted, by a number of persons, armed, it 
would seem, with fuelocks and halberds, and attendant on Hilde- 
brod, who (not in his fantastic office of duke, but in that which he 
really possessed, of bailiff of the liberty and sanctuary of White- 
friars) was on his way to inquire into the crime and its circum* 
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It vrsB a strange and melancholy contrast to see these de* 
bauchees, disturbed in the very depth of their midnight revel, on 
their arrival at such a scene as this. They stared on eacii other, 
and on the bloody work before them, with lack-lustre eyes ; staff** 
gered with uncertain steps over boards slippery with blood ; their 
noisy brawling voices sunk into stammering whispers ; and, with 
spirits quelled by what they saw, while their brains were still 
stupified by the hquor which they had drunk, they seemed like 
men walking in their sleep. 

Old Hildd[)rod was an exception to the general condition. That 
seasoned cask, however full, was at all times capable of motion, 
when there occurred a motive sufficiently strong to set him a-roll- 
ing. He seemed much shocked at what he beheld, and his pro- 
ceedings, in consequence, had more in them of regularity and 
propriety, than he might have been supposed capable of exhibiting 
upon any occasion whatever. The daughter was first examined, 
and stated, with wonderful accuracy and distinctness, the manner 
in which she had been alarmed with a noise of struggling and 
violence in her father's apartment, and that the more r^ulily, 
because she was watching him on account of some alarm concern- 
ing his health. On her entrance, she had seen her father sinking 
under the strength of two men, upon whom she rushed with aU 
the fiiry she was capable of. As their faces were blackened, and 
their figures disguised, she could not pretend, in the hurry of a 
moment so dreadfully agitating, to distinguish either of them as 
persons whom she had seen before. She remembered little more 
except the firing of shots, until she found herself alone with her 
guest, and saw tliat the ruffians had escaped. 

Lord Glenvarloch told his story as we have given it to the 
reader. The direct evidence thus received, Hildebrod examined 
the premises. He found that the villains Imd made their entrance 
by we window out of which the survivor had made his escape ; 
yet it seemed singular that they should have done so, as it was 
secured with strone iron bars, which old Trapbois was in the 
habit of shutting with his own hand at nightfall. He minuted 
down, with great accuracy, the state of every thing in the apart- * 
ment, and examined carefully the features of the slain robber. 
He was dressed Uke a seaman of the lowest order, but his face 
was known to none present. Hildebrod next sent for an Alsatian 
^ surgeon, whose vices, undoing what his skill might have done for 
him, had consigned him to the wretched practice of this place. He 
made him examine the dead bodies, and make a proper declara- 
tion of the manner in which the sufferers seemed to have come 
by their end. The circumstance of the sash did not escape the 
learned judge, and, having listened to all that could be heard or 
conjectured on the subject, and collected all particulars of evidence 
which appeared to bear on the bloody transaction, he commanded 
the door of the apartment to be locked until next morning ; and 
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kitchen, where there was no one in presence but Lord Glenrar- 
loch, he asked her gravely, whether she suspected no one in piur> 
ticukur of having committed the deed. 

« Do you suspect no one V* answered Martha, looking fixedlj 
on him. 

^ Perhaps I may, mistress ; but it is my part to ask question^ 
yours to answer them. That 's the rule of ike game." 

^ Then I suspect him who wore yonder sash. Do not you 
know whom I mean V* 

** Why, if you call on me lor honours, I must needs say I have 
seen Captain Pej^reuU have one of such a &shion, and be was 
not a man to change his suite often." 

<< Send out, then," said Martha, << and have him fq»prehended." 

" If it is he, he will be far by this time ; but I will c(»mnuni- 
cate with the higher powers," answered the judge. 

<< You would have him escape," resumed she, fixing her eyes 
on him sternly. 

" By cock and pie," relied Hildebrod, ** did it depend on me, 
the murdering cut-throat should hang as high as ever Haman did 
— but let me take my time. He has friends among us, that you 
wot well ; and all that should assist me, are as drunk as fiddlers.'^ 

" [ will have revenge — I wU have it," repeated she ; " and 
take heed you trifle not with me." 

'< Trifle ! I would sooner trifle with a she-bear the minute aftor 
they had baited her. I tell you, mistress, be but patient, and 
wc will have him. I know all his haunts, and he cannot forbear 
them long ; and I will have trap-doors open for him. You caa- 
not want justice, mistress, for you have tike means to eet it." 

<<They who help me in my revenge," said Marua, ** shall 
share these means." . 

" Enough said," replied Hildebrod ; ** and now I would have 
you go to my house, and get something hot — you will be but 
dreary here by yourself." 

'' I will send for the old diar-woman," replied Martiia, ^ and 
we have 1^ strange gentleman, besides." 

'< Umph, umph — the stranger gentleman !" said Hildebrod to 
Nigel, whom he drew a little apart. *' I fancy the captain has 
made the stranger gentleman's fortune when he was making a 
bold dash for & own. I can tell your honour — I most net 
8ay lordsh^) — that T think my having chanced to give the 
greasy buff-and-iron scoundrel some hint of what I reeonmiended 
te you to-day, has put him on this rough game. The better fbi 
you — you will get the cash without the &,ther-in-law. — Yoo 
will keep conditions, I trust ?" 

<< I wish you had said nothing to any one of a sdieme so absurd,** 
scud NigeL 

** Abaird ! — Why, think you she will not have thee ! Take 
her with the tear in her eye, man — take her with the tear in her 
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-^nod is as good as a wink. I must to my business of sealing 
and locking up. By the way, this horrid work has put all out of 
my head — Here is a fellow m>m Mr Lowestoffe has been asking 
to see you. As he said his business was express, the Senate only 
made him drink a couple of flagtms, and he was just coming to 
beat up your quarters when this breeze blew up. — Ahey, friend ! 
there is Master Nigel Grahame.'* 

A young man, dressed in a green plush jerkin, with a badge on 
die sleeve, and having the appearance of a waterman, approached 
and took Nigel aside, while Duke Hildebrod went from place to 
place to exercise his authority, and to see the windows fiustened, 
and the doors of the apartment locked up. The news communi- 
cated by Lowestoffe's messenger were not the most pleasant. 
They were intimated in a courteous whisper to Nigel, to the 
following effect : — ^That Master Lowestoffe prayed him to consult 
his safety by instantly leaving Whitefeiars, for that a warrant 
from the Lord Chief-Justice had been issued out for apprehending 
him, and would be put in force to-morrow, by the assistance of a 
party of musketeers, a force which the Alsatians neither woukl 
nor dared to resist. 

* And 80, squire," said the aquatic emissary, •* my wherry is to 
Wait you at the Temple Stairs yonder, at five this morning, and, 
if you would give the blood-hounds the slip, why, you may." 

" Why did not Master Lowestoffe write to me f* said Nigel. 

'^ Alas ! the good gentleman lies up in lavender for it himself, 
and has as little to do with pen and ink as if he were a parson." 

** Did he send any token to me !" said Nigel. 

** Token ! — ay, marry did he — token enough, an I have not 
forgot it," said dbe fellow ; then, giving a hoist to the waistband 
of his breeches, he said, — ** Ay, I have it — you were to believe 
me, because your name was written with an O, for Grahame. 
^ Ay, that was it, I think. — Well, shall we meet in two hours, 
when tide turns, and go down the riv^r like a twelve-oared 
barge!" 

'^ Where is the King just now, knowest thou !" answered Lord 
Glenvarloch. 

** The king ? why, he went down to Greenwich yesterdav by 
water, like a noble sovereign as he is, who will always iioat where 
he can. He was to have hunted this week, but that purpose is 
broken, they say; and the Prince, and the Duke, and all oi them 
at Greenwich, are as merry as minnows." 

« Well," replied Nigel, « I will be ready to go at five ; do thon 
come hither to carry my baggage." 

" Ay, ay, master," replied the fellow, and left the house, mixing 
liimself with the disorderly attendants of Duke Hildebrod, who 
were now retiring. The potentate entreated Nigel to make fast 
the doors behind him, and, pointing to the female who sat by the 
exmring fire with her limbs outstretched, like one whom the hand 
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and mind your bargain, or I will cut your bow-string for yon 
before you .can draw it** 

Feeling deeply the ineffable brutality which could recommend 
the prosecuting such views over a wretch in such a concUtion, 
Lord Glenvarloch yet commanded his teipper so fSur as to receive 
the advice in silence, and attend to the former part of it, by 
barring the door carefully behind Duke Hildebrod and his suite, 
with the tacit hope that he should never again see or hear of 
them. He then returned to the kitchen, in which the unhappy 
woman remained, her hands still clenched, her eyes fixed, and her 
limbs extended like those of a person in a trance. Mudi moved 
by her situation, and with the prospect which lay before her, he 
endeavoured to awaken her to existence by dvery means in his 
power, and at length apparently succeeded in dispelling her stupor, 
and attracting her attention. He then explained to her that he 
was in the act of leaving Whitefriars in a few hours — that his 
future destination was uncertain, but that he desired anxiously to 
know whether he could contribute to her protection by apprizing 
any friend of her situation, or otherwise. With some d^cull^ 
she seemed to comprehend his meaning, and thanked him with 
her usual sh<Mrt ungracious manner. ^ He might mean well,** 
she said, '^but he ought to know that the miserable had no 
friends.'* 

Nigel said, ** He would not willingly be importunate, but, as he 
was about to leave the Friars ** She interrupted him — 

" You are about to leave the Friars ? I will go with you.*' 

** You go with me I'* exclaimed Lord Glenvarloch. 

*^ Yes,*' she said, " I will persuade my father to leave this 
murdering den.** But, as she spoke, the more perfect recollec- 
tion of what had passed crowded on her mind. She hid her 
&ce in her hands, and burst out into a dreadful fit of sobs, 
moans, and lamentations, which terminated in hysterics, violent 
in proportion to the uncommon strength of her body and mind. 

Lord Glenvarloch, shocked, confused, and inexperienced, was 
about to leave the house in quest of medical, or at least female 
assistance ; but the patient, when the paroxysm had somewhat 
spent its force, held him fast by the sleeve with one hand, cover- 
ing her face with the other, while a copious flood of tears came 
to relieve the emotions of grief by which she had been so violently 
agitated. 

^ Do not leave me,'* she said — ^ do not leave me, and call no 
one. I have never been in this way before, and would not now,** 
she said, sitting upright, and wiping her eyes with her apron, — 
** would not now — but that — but that he loved me, if he loved 
nothing else that was human — To die so, and by such hands I" 

And again the unhappy woman gave way to a paroxysm of 
sorrow, mingling her tears with sobbine, wailing, and all the 
abandonment of female grief, when at its utmost height. At 
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|>osure, abd maintained it as if by a forcible exertion of resolution, 
repelling, as she spoke, the repeated returns of the hysterical 
affection, by such an effort as that by which epileptic patients are 
known to suq)end the recurrence of their fits. Yet her mind, 
however resolved, could not so absolutely overcome the affection 
of her nerves, but that she was agitated by strong fits of trembling, 
which, for a minute or two at a time, shook her whole frame in a 
manner frightful to witness. Nigel forgot his own situation, and, 
indeed, every thing else, in the interest inspired by the unhappy 
woman before him — an interest which affected a proud spirit we 
more deeply, that she herself, with correspondent highness oi 
mind, seemed determined to owe as little as possible either to the 
humanity or iSae pity of others. 

" I am not wont to be in this way," she said, — " but — but — 
Nature will have power over the frail beings it has made. Over 
you, sir, J have some right ; for, without you, I had not survived 
this awful night. I wi^ your aid had been either earlier or later 
— but you haf>e saved my life, and you are bound to assist in 
making it endurable to me." 

** If you will i^ew me how it is possible," answered Nigel. 

" You are going hence, you say, instantly ^~ carry me with 
you,** said the unhappy woman. " By my own efforts, I shall 
ner&c escape from this wilderness of guilt and misery." 

" Alas ! what can I do for you ?" replied Nigel. " My own 
way, and I must not deviate from it, leads me, in all probability, 
to a dungeon. I might, indeed, transport you &om hence with 
me, if you could afterwards bestow yourself with any friend." 

" Friend 1" she exclaimed — "I have no friend — they have 
long since discarded us. A spectre arising from the dead were 
more welcome than 1 should be at the doors of those who have 
disclaimed us ; and, if they were willing to restore their friend- 
ship to me now, I would despise it, because they withdrew it 
from him — from him" — (here she underw^it strong but sup- 
pressed agitation, and then added firmly) — '' from him who lies 
yonder. — I have no friend." Here she paused ; and then sud- 
denly, as if recollecting herself, added, *^ I have no friend, but I 
have that will purchase many — I have that which will purchase 
both friends and avengers. >- It is well thought of ; I must not 
leave it for a prey to dieats and ruffians. — Stranger, yoif must 
return to yonder room. Pass through it boldly to his — that is, 
to the sleeping apartm^it ; push the bedstead aside ; beneath 
each of the posts is a brass plate, as if to support the weight, but 
it is that upon tlie left, nearest to the wall, which must serve your 
turn — press the comer of the plate, and it will spring up and 
shew a key-hole, which this key will open. You will then lift a 
eoBcealed trap-door, and in a cavity oi the floor you will discover 
a small chest. Bring it hither ; it shall accompany our journey, 
«nd it will be hard if the contents cannot purchase me a plaoe of 
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''Bat the door communicating with the kitchen has becQ 
locked by these people," said Nigel. 

** Tnie, I had foi^t ; they had their reasons for that, d6iibt- 
less/' answered she. " But the secret passage from your apart- 
ment is open, and you may go that way." 

Lord Glenvarloch took we key, and, as he lighted a lamp to 
riiew him the way, she read in his countenance some unwillingness 
to the task imposed. 

^ You fear," she said — " there is no cause ; the murderer and 
His rictim are both at rest Take courage, I will go with you 
myself — you cannot know the trick of the ^ring, and the chest 
will be too heavy for you." 

" No fear, no fear," answered Lord Glenvarloch, ashamed of 
the construction she put upon a momentary hesitation, arising 
from a dislike to look upon what is horrible, often connected wi£ 
those high-wrought minds which are the last to fear what is 
merely <£ingerous — "I will do your errand as you desire ; but, 
for you, you must not — cannot go yonder." 

" I can — I will," she said. " I am composed. You shall see 
that I am so." She took from the table a piece of unfinished 
sewing-work, and, with steadiness and composure, passed a nlken 
thread into the eye of a fine needle. — ^^ Could I have done tiiat," 
i^e said, with a smile yet more ghastly than her previous look of 
fixed despair, ^ had not my heart and hand been both steady 1" 

She then led the way rapidly up stairs to Nigel's chamber, and 
proceeded through the secret passage with the same haste, as if 
she had feared her resolution might have fiuled her ere her pur- 
pose was executed. At the bottom of the stairs she paused a 
moment, before entering the fittal apartment, then hurried through 
with a rapid step to the sleeping chamber beyond, followed closely 
by Lord Glenvarloch, whose reluctance to approach the scene of 
butchery was altoge^er lost in the anxiety which he felt on 
account of the survivor of the tragedy. 

Her first action was to pull aside the curtains of her father's 
bed. The bed-clothes were thrown aside in confusion, doubtless 
in the action of his starting from sleep to oppose the entrance of 
the viUains into the next apartment. The hard mattress scarcely 
shewed the slight pressure where the emaciated body of the old 
miser had been deposited. His daughter sank bc»ide the bed, 
clasped her hands, and prayed to Heaven, in a short and affecting 
manner, for support in her affliction, and for vengeance on the 
villfdns who had made her fatherless. A low-muttered and still 
more brief petition, recommended to Heaven the soul of the suf- 
ferer, and invoked pardon for his sins, in virtue of the great 
Christian atonement. 

This duty of piety performed, she signed to Nigel to aid her ; 
and, having pushed aside the heavy bedstead, they saw the bran 
plate which Martha had described. She pressed the spring, and, 
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ring used in lifting the trap-door, which, when nised, displayed 
<he fttrong-box, or small imest, she had mentioned, and which 
prored indeed so very weighty, that it might peihaps have heen 
scarcely p<»sible for Nigel, though a y^^^ strong man, to have 
raised it without assistance. 

Having replaced every thing as they had found it, Nigel, with 
such help as his companion was able to afford, assumed his load, 
and made a shift to carry it into the next apartment, where lay 
the miserable owner, insensible to sounds and circumstances, 
which, if any thing could have broken his long last slumber, would 
certainly have done so. 

His unfortunate daughter went up to his body, and had even 
the courage to remove the sheet which had been ^cently disposed 
over it. She nut her hand on the heart, but there was no throb 
— held a featner to the Ups, but there was no motion — then 
kissed with deep reverence Uie starting veins of the pale forehead, 
and then the emaciated hand. 

<< I would you could hear me," she said, — ^ Father ! I would 
you could hear me swear, that, if I now save what you most 
▼aluecT on earth, it is only to assist me in obtaining vengeance for 
your death J'' 

She rephiced the covering, and, without a tear, a sig^ or an 
additional word of any kind, renewed her efforts, until they con- 
veyed the strong-box betwixt them into Lord Glenvarloch's sleep- 
ing i^artment. ^ It must pass," she said, *' as part of your bag- 
gage. I will be in readiness so soon as the waterman calls." 

She retired ; and Lord Glenvarloch, who saw the hour of their 
departure approach, tore down a part of the old hanging to make 
a covering, which he corded upon the trunk, lest the peculiarity 
of its shape, and the care with which it was banded and counter- 
banded with bars of steel, might afford suspicions respecting the 
treasure which it contained. Having taken this measure of pre- 
caution, he changed the rascally disguise, which he had assumed 
on entering Whitefriars, into a suit becoming his quality, and 
then, unable to sleep, though exhausted with the events of the 
night, he threw himself on ms bed to await the summons of the 
watecman. 



CHAPTER XXVL 

Give 08 good voyage, gentle etream — we stim not 
Thy lober ear mth sounds of revelry ; 
Wake not the sliunberinff edioes of thy banks 
With Toice of flute and bom —we do but seek 
On the broad pathway of thy swelling bosom 
To glide in sUenfc safety 

The DovNe Bridal 

6B47,or rather vellow light, was beginning to twinkle through 
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miser announced to Lord GlenT»riooh liie summons of tiie boftt- 
man. He found at the door the man whom he had seen the night 
before, with a companion. 

** Come, come» master, let us get afloat," said one of them, in a 
rough impressive whisper, ^ time and tide wait for no man." 

" They shall not wait for me,*' said Lord Glenyarioch ; ** but I 
have some things to cany with me." 

** Ay, ay — no man will take a pair of oars now. Jack, unless 
he means to load the wherry Kke a six-horse waggon. When 
ihey don 't want to shift the whole kitt, they take a skuller, and 
be d — d to them. — Come, come, where be your rattle-traps V* 

One of the men was soon sufficiently loaded, in his own esti- 
mation at least, with Lord Glenvarloch's nudl and its accompani- 
ments, with which burden he began to trudge towards the Temple 
Stairs. His comrade, who seemed the principal, began to handle 
the trunk which contained the miser's treasure, but pitched it 
down again in an instant, declaring, with a great oath, that it was 
as reasonable to expect a man to carry Paul's on his back. The 
daughter of Trapbois, who had by this time joined them, muffled 
up in a long daik hood and mantile, exdaimed to Lord Glenvar- 
loch — <* Let them leave it if l^ey will — let them leave it all ; let 
tn but escape fW>m this horrible ptace." 

We have mentioned some where, that Nigel was a very athletic 
young man, and, impelled by « strong feeling of compassion and 
indignation, be shewed bis bodily strength singularly on this occa- 
sion, by seizing on the ponderous strong-box, and, by means of 
the rope he hii^ cast around it, tiirowing it on his shoulders, and 
marching resolutely forward under a weight, which woidd have 
sunk to Sie earth three young gallants, at the least, of our degene- 
rate day. The waterman followed him in amazement, calHng oat, 
** Why, master, master, you might as w^ gie me t' other end 
on 't {" and anon offered his assistance to support it in some 
degree behind, which aiteie the first minute or two Nigel was fain 
to accept. His strength was almost exhausted when he reached 
^e wherry, which was tying at the Tem^ Stairs according to 
appointment ; and, when he pitched the trunk into it, the weight 
sank the bow of the boat so low in the water as well-nigh to over- 
set it. 

^ We shall have as hard a fare of it," said the waterman to his 
companion, ** as if we were ferrying overian honest bankrupt with 
all his secreted goods — Ho, ho ! good woman, what are you 
stepping in for 1 — our gunwale lies deep enough in the water 
without live lumber to bM»t." 

^ This person comes with me," said liord Glenvarloch ; ^ she 
is for the present under my protection." 

^ Come. oome« master," rejoined the fellow, ^ that is out of my 
commission. You must not double my freight on me — she may 
eo by the land — and, as for protection, her faoe will prtteot hu 
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- ** You will not except at my doubling the loading, if T double 
the fare f said Nigel, determined on no account to relinquish the 
protection of this unhappy woman, for which he had already 
devised some sort of plan, likely now to be baffled by the charao- 
teristic rudeness of the Thames watermen. 

« Ay, by Gr — , but I will except, though," said the fellow with 
the green plush jacket ; ** I will overloiul my wherry neither for 
love nor money — I love my boat as well as my wife, and a 
thought better." 

^ Nay, nay, comrade," said his mate, ^ that is speaking no true 
water language. For double fare we are bound to row a witch 
in her eg^eU if she bid us ; and so pull away, Jack, and let us 
have no more prating." 

They got into the stream-way accordingly, and, although 
heavily laden, began to move down the river with reasonable 



The lighter vessels which passed, overtook, or crossed them in 
their course, failed not to assail them with the boisterous raillery, 
which was then called water-wit ; for which the extreme plain- 
ness of Mistress Martha's features, contrasted with the youth, 
handsome figure, and good looks of Nigel, furnished the principal 
topics ; while Uie circumstance of the boat being somewhat over- 
loaded, did not escape their notice. They were hailed successively, 
as a grocer's wife upon a party of pleasure with her eldest 
apprentice — jm an old woman carrying her grandson to school 
^~and as a young strapping Irishman, conveying an ancient 
maiden to Dr Rigmarole's at Kedriffe, who buckles beggars for a 
tester and a dram of Greneva. AU this abuse was retorted in a 
similar strain of humour by Green-jacket and his companion, who 
maintained the war of wit with the same alacrity with which they 
were assailed. 

Meanwhile, Lord Glenvarloch asked his desolate companion if 
she had thought on any place where she could remain in safety 
with her property. She confessed in more detail than formerly, 
that her father's character had left her no friends; aud that, 
from the time he had betaken himself to Whitefriars, to escape 
certain legal consequences of his eager pursuit of gain, she had 
lived a lire of total seclusion; not associating with the society 
which the place afforded, and, by her residence there, as well as 
her father's parsimony, effectually cut off from all other company. 
What she now wished, was, in the first place, to obtain the 
shelter of a decent lodging, and the countenance of honest people, 
however low in hfe, until she should obtain legal advice as to the 
mode of obtaining justice on her father's murderer. She had no 
hesitation to charge the guilt upon Colepepper, (commonly called 
Peppercull,) whom she knew to be as capable of any act of 
treacherous cruelty, as he was cowardly, where actual manhood 
was required. He had been strongly suspected of two robberies 
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had, she intimated, made pretensions to her hand as the easiest 
and safest way of obtaining possession of her father's wealth ; and, 
on her refusing his addresses, if they could be termed so, in the 
most positive terms, he had thrown out such obscure hints of 
vengeance, as, joined with some imperfect assaults upon the 
bouse, had kept her in frequent alarm, both on her father's 
account and her own. 

Nigel, but that his feeling of respectful delicacy to the nnforta- 
nate woman forbade him to do so, could here have communicated 
a circumstance corroborative of her suspicions, which had already 
occurred to his own mind. He recollected the hint that old 
Hildebrod threw forth on the preceding night, that some com- 
munication betwixt himself and Colepepper had hastened the 
catastrophe. As this communication related to the plan which 
Hildebrod had been pleased to form, of promoting a marriage 
betwixt Nigel himself and the rich heiress of Trapbois^ the fear 
of losing an opportunity not to be reined, together with the 
mean malignity of a low-bred ruffian, disappointed in a &vourite 
scheme, was most likely to instigate the bravo to the deed of 
violence which had been commiUed. The reflection that his 
own name was in some degree implicated with the causes of this 
horrid tragedy, doubled Lord Glenvarloch's anxiety in behalf of 
the victim whom he had rescued, while at the same time he 
formed the tacit resolution, that, so soon as his own affairs were 
put upon some footing, he would contribute all in his power 
towards the investigation of this bloody affiiir. 

After ascertaining from his companion that she could form no 
better' plan of her own, he recommended to her to .take up her 
lodging for the time, at the house of his old landlord, Christie, 
the ship-chandler, at Paul's Wharf, describing the decency and 
honesty of that worthy couple, and expressing his hopes that they 
would receive her into their own house, or recommend her at 
least to that of some person for whom they would be responsible, 
until she should have time to enter upon other arrangements for 
herself. 

The poor woman received advice so grateful to her in her 
desolate condition, with an expression of thanks, brief indeed, but 
deeper than any thing had yet extracted from the austerity of her 
natural disposition. 

Lord Glenvarloch then proceeded to inform Martha, that 
certun reasons, connected with his personal saf<9ty, called him 
immediately to Greenwich, and, therefore, it would not be in his 
power to accompany her to Christie's house, which he would 
otherwise have done with pleasure ; but, tearing a leaf from his 
tablet, he wrote on it a few lines, addressed to his landlord, as a 
man of honesty and humanity, in which he described the bearer 
as a person who stood in singular necessity of temporary protec- 
tion and good advice, for which her circumstances enabled her to 
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Christie, as his old and good friend, to afford her the shelter of 
his roof for a short time ; or, if that might not be consistent with 
his convenience, at least to direct her to a proper lodging — and, 
finally, he impeded on him the additional, and somewhat more 
difficult conunission, to reconunend her to the counsel and ser- 
vices of an honest, at least a reputable and skilful attorney, for 
the transacting some law business of importance. This note he 
subscribed witii his real name, and, delivering it to his protegee, 
who received it with another deeply uttered ^I thank you,'* 
which spoke the sterling feelings of her gratitude better than a 
thousand combined phrases, he commanded the waterman to pull 
in for Paul's Wharf, which they were now approaching. 

''We have not time," said Green-jacket; ''we cannot be 
stopping even^ instant." 

But, upon Nigel insisting upon his commands beine obeyed, 
and adding, that it was for tiie purpose of putting the lady ashore, 
the waterman declared he would i^ther have her room than her 
company, and put the wherry alongside of the wharf accordingly. 
Here two of the porters, who ply in such places, were easily in- 
duced to undertake the charge of the ponderous strong-box, and 
at the same time to guide the owner to the well-known mansion 
of John Christie, with whom all who lived in that neighbourhood 
were perfectiy acquainted. 

The boat, much Hghtened of its load, went down the Thames 
at a rate increased in proportion. But we must forbear to pur- 
sue her in her voyage for a few minutes, since we have previously 
to mention the issue of Lord Glenvarloch's recommendation. 

Mistress Martha Trapbois reached tiie shop in perfect safety, 
and was about to enter it, when a sickening sense of the uncer- 
tainty of her situation, and of the singularly painful task of 
telling her story, came over her so strongly, that she paused a 
moment at the very threshold of her proposed place of refuge, 
to think in what manner she could best second the necommenda- 
tion of the friend whom Providence had raised up to her. Had 
she possessed that knowledge of the world, from which her habits 
of life had completely excluded her, she might have known that 
the large sum of money which she brought along with her, might, 
judiciously managed, have been a passport to her into the 
mansions of nobles, and the palaces of princes. But, however 
conscious of its general power, which assumes so many forms and 
complexions, sl^ was so inexperienced as to be most unneces- 
sarily afraid that the means by which the wealth had been 
acquired, might exclude its inheritrix from shelter even in the 
house of an humble tradesman. 

While she thus delayed, a more reasonable cause for hesitation 
arose, In a considerable noise and altercation within the house, 
which grew louder and louder as the disputants issued forth upon 
the street or lane before the door. 

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hard^TOured man, who stalked out of the shop hastily, wi& a 
gait like that of a Spaniard in a passion, who, disdaining to add 
speed to his locomotion by running, only condescends, in the 
utmost extremity of his angry haste, to add length to his stride. 
He faced about, so soon as he was out of the house, upon his 
pursuer, a decent-looking, elderly, plain tradesman — no less 
than John Christie himself, the owner of the shop and tenement, 
by whom he seemed to be followed, and who was in a state of 
agitation more than is usually expressed by such a person. 

^< 1*11 hear no more on*t,*' said the personage who first appeared 
on the scene. — *^ Sir, 1 will hear no more on it. Besides being a 
most false and impudent figment, as I can testify — it is Seam" 
daalum Mctpnaatum, sir — Scandaalum Magmtatum" he reite- 
rated with a broad accentuation of the first vowel, well known in 
the Colleges of EkHnburgh and Glasgow, which we can only 
express in print by doubling the said first of letters and oi 
Yowels, and which would have cheered the cockles of the 
reigning monardi had he been within hearing, — as he was a 
severer stickler for what he deemed the genuine pronunciation 
of the Roman tongue, than for any of the royal prerogatives, for 
which he was at times disposed to insist so strenuously in his 
speeches to Parliament. 

^ I care not an ounce of rotten cheese,*' said John Oiristte in 
reply, <<what you call it — but it is trub ; and I am a free 
Englishman, and have right to speak the truih in my own ccAoems ; 
and your master is little better than a villain, and you no more 
than a swaggering coxcomb, whose head I will presently break, 
as I have known it well broken before on lighter occasion.** 

And, so saying, he flourished the paring-shovel which usually 
made clean the steps of his little shop, and which he had caught 
up as the readiest weapon of working his foeman damage, and 
advanced therewith upon him. The cautious Scot (for sneh our 
readers must have already pronounced him, from his language 
and pedantry) drew back as the enraged ship-chandler approached, 
but in a surly manner, and bearing his hand on his sword-hiH 
rather in the act of one who was losing habitual forbearance and 
caution of deportment, than as alarmed by the attack of an anta- 
gonist inferior to himself in youth, strength, and weapons. 

** Bide back,** he said, ** Maister Christie — I say bide back, 
and consult your safety, man. I have evited striking you in 
Your ain house under muckle provocation, because I am igmnranfe 
how the laws here may pronounce respecting burglary and hame- 
sucken, and such matters ; and, besides, I would not willingly 
hurt ye, man, e'en on the causeway, that is free to us baith,, 
because I mind your kindness of lang syne, and partly consider 
ye as a poor deceived creature. But deil d — n me, sir, and I 
am not wont to swear, but if you touch my Scotch shouther with 
that shule of yours, I will make six inches of my Andrew Feirara 
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And therewithal, though still retreating from the blandished 
shovel, he made one-third of the basket-hilted broadsword which 
he wore, yieible from the sheath. The wrath of John Christie 
was abated, either by his natural t^nperance of di^)osition, or 
perhaps in part hy tiie glimmer of cold steel, which flashed on 
him from his adversary's last acti<m. 

^ I would do well to cry chibs on thee, and have thee ducked at 
the wharf,** he said, grounding his shovel, however, at the same 
time, " for a paltry swaggerer, that would draw thy bit of iron 
there on an honest citizen before his own door ; but get thee gone, 
and reckon on a salt eel for thy supper, if tiiou shouldst ever 
come near my house again. I wish it had been at the bottom of 
Thames when it first gave the use of its roof to smooth-faced, oily- 
tongned, double-minded Scots thieves I** 

^ It's an ill bird that fouls its own nest,'* replied his adversary, 
not perhaps the less bold that he saw matters were taking the turn 
of a pacific debate; *<and a pity it is that a kindly Scot should ever 
have married in foreign fMurts, and given life to a purse-proud, 
pudding-headed, fat-gutted, lean-brained Southron, e'en such as 
you, Maister Christie. But fare ye weel — fare ye weel, for ever 
and a day ; and, if you quarrel wi' a Scot ag^n, man, say aa 
midcle ill o' himsell as you like, but say nane of his patron or of 
his countrymen, or it will scarce be your flat cap that will keep 
your lang lugs fh>m the sharp abridgment of a Highland whinger, 
man." 

^ And if you ccmtinue your insolence to me before my own 
door, were it but two minutes longer," retorted John Christie, ** I 
will call the constable, and make your Scottish ankles acquainted 
with an English pair of stocks." 

So saying, he turned to retire into his shop with some show of 
victory; for his enemy, whatever might be his innate valour, 
manifested no desire to drive matters to extremity — conscious, 
perhaps, that whatever advantage he might gain in single combat 
with John Christie, would be more than overbalanced by incurring 
an affair with the constituted authorities of Old England, not at 
that time apt to be particularly favourable to their new fellow- 
subjects, in the various successive broils which were then con- 
stantly taking place between the individuals of two proud nations, 
who still retained a stronger sense of their national animosity 
during centuries, than of their late union for a few years under 
the government of the same prince. 

Mrs Martha Trapbois had dwelt too long in Alsatia, to be 
either surprised or terrified at the altercation she had witnessed. 
Indeed, she only wondered that the debate did not end in some of 
those acts of violence by which they were usually terminated in 
the Sanctuary. As the ^sputants separated from each other, she, 
who had no idea that the cause of the quarrel was more deeply 
rooted Iban in the daily scenes of the same nature which she had 
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his return to his' shop, and present to him the letter which Lord 
Glenyarloch had given to her. Had she been better acquainted 
with life and its business, she would certainly haye waited for a 
more temperate moment ; and she had reason to repent of her 
precipitation, when, without saying a single word, or taking the 
trouble to gather more of the information contained in the letter 
than was expressed in the subscription, the incensed ship-chandler 
threw it down on the ground, trampled it in high disdain, and, 
without addressing a single word to the bearer, except, indeed, 
something mudi more like a hearty curse than was perfectly oou'* 
jBistent with his own grave appearance, he retired into his shop, 
and shut the hatoh-door. 

It was with the most inexpressible anguish that the desolate, 
friendless, and unhappy female, thus beheld her sole hope of 
succour, countenance, and protection, vanish at once, without 
being able to conceive a reason ; for, to do her iustice, the idea 
that her friend, whom she knew by the name of Nigel Grahame, 
had imposed on her — ^a solution which might readily have occurred 
to many in her sitoation — ^never once entered her mind. Although 
it was not her temper easily to bend her mind to entreaty, she 
could not help exclaiming titer the ireful and retreating ship- 
chandler, — ** Grood Master, hear me but a moment I for merc^a 
sake, for honesW's sake V* 

** Mercy and honesty from him, mistress 1" said the Scot, who, 
though he essayed not to interrupt the retreat of his antagonist, 
still kept stout possession of the field of action, — ^ye might as 
weel expect brandy from bean-stalks, or milk from a crag m blue 
whunstane. The man is mad, horn mad, to boot.'* 

** I must have mistaken the person to whom the letter was 
addressed, then ;" and, as she spoke. Mistress Martha Trapbois 
was in the act of stooping to lift tiie paper which had been so un- 
eourteously received. Her companion, with natural civility, 
anticipated her purpose; but, what was not quite so much in 
etiquette, he took a sly glance at it as he was about to hand it to 
her, and his eye having caught the subscription, he said, with 
surprise, ^Glenvarloch — Nigel Oli&unt of Glenvarloch! Do 
you know the Lord Glenvarloch, mistress !" 

*^ I know not of whom you speak," said Mrs Martha, peevishly. 
** I had that paper from one Master Nigel Gram." 

" Nigel Grahame ! — umph. — Oh, ay, very true — I had for- 
got,*' said the Scotsman. <* A tall, well-set young man, about my 
height ; bright blue eyes like a hawk's ; a pleasant speech, some- 
thing leaning to the kindly north-country accentuation, but not 
much, in respect of his having been resident abroad !" 

^ All this is true — and what of it all !" said the daughter of 
the nuser. 

** Hair of my complexion I** 

•'.Yours is red," replied she. 

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•—of my complexion, bnt with a deeper shade of the chestnut, 
Weel, mistress, if I have guessed the man aright, he is one with 
whom I am, and have been, intimate and fcmiiliar, — nay, I may 
truly say I have done hisi much service in my time, and may 
Hve to do him more. I had indeed a sincere good-will for hinii 
and I doubt he has been mudi at a loss since we parted ; but the 
£itult is not nunc. Wherefore, as this letter will not avail you 
with him to whom it is directed, you may believe that Heaven 
hath sent it to me, who have a special regard for the writer — T 
have, besides, as much mercy and honesty within me as a man 
can weel make his bread with, and am willing to aid any dis- 
tressed creature, that is my friend's friend, with my counsel, and 
otherwise, so that I am not put to much charges, being in a 
strange country, like a poor lamb tiiat has wandered from its ain 
native hirsel, And leaves a tait of its woo* in every d — d 
Southron bramble that comes across it.*' While he spoke thus, 
he read the contents of the letter, without waiting for permission, 
and then continued, — ^ And so this is all that you are wanting, 
my dove 1 nothing more than safe and honourable lodging, and 
sustenance, upon your own charges V* 

^ Nothing more," said she. ** If you are a man and a Chris- 
tian, you will help me to what I need so much." 
' ^ A man I am," replied the formal Caledonian, '' e'en sic aS 
ye see me ; and a Christian I may call myself, though unworthy^ 
and though I have heard little pure doctrine since I came 
hither — a' polluted with men's devices — ahem I Weel, and if 
ye be an honest woman," (here he peeped under her muffler,) 
<< as an honest woman ye seem likely to be — though, let me tell 
you, they are a kind of cattle not so rife in the streets of this city 
as I would desire them — I was almost strangled with my own 
band by twa rampallians, wha wanted yestreen, nae farther gane, 
to harle me into a change-house — however^ if ye be a decent 
honest woman," (here he took another peep at features certainly 
bearing no bc^iuty which could infer suspicion,) ^ as decent and 
honest ye seem to be, why, I will advise you to a decent house, 
where you will get douce, quiet entertainment, on reasonable 
terms, and the occasional benefit of my own counsel and 
direction — that is, from time to time, as my other avocations 
may permit." 

*' May I venture to accept of such an offer from a stranger !" 
said Martha, with natural hesitation. 

" Troth, I see nothing to hinder you, mistress," replied the 
bony Scot ; ^ ye can but see the place, and do after as ye think 
best. Besides, we are nae such strangers, neither ; for I know 
your friend, and you, it 's tike, know mine, whilk knowledge, on 
either hand, is a medium of communication between us, even as 
the middle of the string connecteth its twa ends or extremitieai 
But I will enlarge on this farther as we pass along, gin ye list to 
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between them, whilk ae true Scotsmiui might earr^r under his arm. 
Let me tell you, mistress, ye will soon mi3ce a toom pock-end of 
it in Lon'on, if you hire twa knaves to do the woric of ane^" 

So saying, he led the way, followed hy Mistress Martha Trap* 
hois, wkkose singular destiny, though it had heaped her with weald^ 
had left her, for the moment^ no wiser counsellor, or more dis- 
tinguished protector, than honest Bidiie Monipliea, a discarded 
serving-man. 



CHAPTER XXVII. 

n&i WSJ Ue safety and a sure retreat ; 

Yonder lie danger, shaine, and punishment*. 

Host welcome danger then — Nay» let me mj. 

Though spoke with swelling heart— welcome e*en shame ; 

And welcome punishment — for, call roe guilty, 

I do but pay the tax that 's due to justice ; 

And call me guiltless, then that punishment 

la diame to uose alone who do inflict it. 

TheT^rUnmdL 

Wa left Lord Glenvarloch^ to whose fortunes our story chiefly 
attaches itself, gliding swifUy down the Thames. He was not^ aa 
tiie reader may have observed, very affable in his disposition, or 
apt to enter into conversation with those into whose company he 
was casually thrown. This was, indeed, an error in his conduct^ 
arising less from pride, thou^ of that feeling we do not pretend 
to ex^pate him, than from a sort of bashful reluctance to mix in 
the conversation of those with whom he was not familiar. It is 
a fault only to be cured by experience and knowledge of the worid, 
which soon teaches every sensible and acute person the important 
lesson, that amusement, and, what is of more consequence, that 
information and increase of knowledge, are to be derived from 
the conversation of every individual whatsoever, with whom he is 
thrown into a natural train of communication. For ourselves, we 
can assure the reader — and perhaps, if we have ever been able 
to afford him amusement, it is owing in a great degree to this 
cause — that we never found ourselves in company with the 
stupidest of all possible companions in a post-chaise, or with the 
most arrant cumber-comer ^at ever occupied a place in the miul- 
coach, without finding, that, in the course of our conver^tion with 
him, we had some ideas suggested to us, either grave or gay, or 
some information communicated in the course of our journey, 
which we should have regretted not to have learned, and whidi 
we should be sorry to have immediately Ibrgotten. But Nigel was 
somewhat immui^ within the Ba^tile of his rank, aa some philo- 
sopher (Tom Paine, we think) has happily enough expressed that 
sort of shyness which men of dignified situations are apt to be beset 
with, rather from not exactly knowing how far, or with whom, 
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^de. Bemdes, the immediate pressure of our adrentnrer^s own 
aflfairs was such as exclusively to engross his attention. 

He sat, therefore, wrapt in his cloak, in the stem of the boat^ 
with his mind entirely bent upon &e probable issue <tf the inter- 
view with his Sovereign, which it was his purpose to seek ; for 
which abstraction of mind he may be fully justified, although 
perhaps, by questioning the watermen yfho were transporting 
nim down the river, he might have discovered matters of high 
concernment to him. 

At any rate, Nigel remained sUent till the wherry approached 
the town of Greenwich, when he commanded the men to put in 
for the nearest landing-place, as it was his purpose to go aishore 
there, and dismiss them from farther attendance. 

** That is not possible," said the fellow with the green jacket, 
who, as we have already said, seemed to take on himself the 
charge of pilotage. ** We must go," he continued, " to Graves- 
end, where a Scottish vessd, which dropt down the river last tide 
for the very purpose, lies with her andior'A-peak, waiting to 
carry you to your own dear northern country. Your hammock 
is slung, and all is ready for you, and you talk of going ashore at 
Greenwich, as seriously as if such a thing were possibk I" 

^ I see no impossibility," said Nigel, ^ in your landing me 
where I desire to be landed ; but very little possibility of your 
carrying me any where I am not desirous of going." 

* Why, whether do you manage the wherry, or we, master I" 
ai^ed Green-jacket, in a tone betwixt jest and earnest ; ^ I take 
it she will go the way we row her." 

^ Ay," retorted Nigel, ** but I take it you will row her on the 
course I direct you, otherwise your chance of payment is but a 
poor one." 

^Suppose we are content to risk that," said the undaunted 
waterman, ^ I wish to know how you, who talk so big — I mean 
no offence, master, but you do talk brg — would help yourself in 
such a case V* 

** Simply thus," answered Lord Glenvarlodi — •* You saw me, 
an hour since, bring down to tiie boat a trunk that neither of 
you could lift. If we are to contest the destination of our voyage, 
^e same strength which tossed that chest into the wherry, will 
suffice to fling you out of it ; wherefore, before we begin the 
scuffle, I pray you to remember, that, whither T would go, there 
I will oblige you to carry me." 

** Gramercy for your kindness^" said GreeD^jaoket ; ** and now 
mark me in return. My comrade and I are two men — and 
you, were you as stout as George-a-Green, can pass but for one ; 
and two, you will allow, are more than a match for one. You 
mistake your reckoning, my friend." 

^ It is you who mistake," answered Nigel, who began to grow 
warm ; ^ it is I who am three to two, sirr^ — I carry two men's 
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So taying, he opened his doAk and shewed the two pistols which 
he had disposed at his girdle. Green-jacket was unmoved at the 
display. 

^I have got," said he, ^a pair of barkers that will match 
yonrs," and he shewed that he also was armed with pistols ; <* so 
you may begin as soon as ye list." 

^ Then/' said Lord Glenyarloch, drawing forth and cocking a 
pistol, ''the sooner the better. Take notice, I hold you as a 
ruffian, who have declared you will put force on my person ; and 
that I will shoot you through the head if you do not instantly 
put me ashore at Greenwich." 

The other waterman, alarmed at Nigel's gesture, lay upon his 
oar; but Green-jacket replied ooollv — ''Look you, master, I 
shoiUd not care a tester to venture a me with you on this matter; 
but the truth is, I am employed to do you good, and not to do 
you harm." 

** By whom are you employed f " said the Lord Glenvarloch ; 
* or who dare concern themselves in me, or my affiurs, without 
my authority !" 

** As to that," answered the waterman, in the same tone of 
indiflferenoe, ** I shall not shew my commission. For myself, I 
care not, as I said, whether you land at Greenwich to get your- 
self hanged, or go down to get aboard the Royal Thistle, to make 
your escape to your own country ; you will be equallv out of my 
reach either way. But it is fair to put the choice before you." 

** My choice is made," said NigeL '* I have told you thrioe 
already it is my pleasure to be landed at Greenwich." 

" Write it on a piece of paper," said the waterman, ** that such 
is your positive wiU ; I must have something to shew to my em- 
ployers, that the transgression of their orders lies with yourself 
not with me." 

'' I choose to hold this trinket in my hand for the present," 
said Nigel, d»ewin2 his pistol, ^ and will write you the acqiiit- 
tance when I go ae£ore." 

** I would not go ashore witii you for a hundred pieces," said 
the waterman. ^ 111 luck has ever attended you, except in small 

faming ; do me fair justice, and give me the testimony I desire, 
f you are afraid of foul play while you write it, you may hold my 
pistols, if you will." He offered the weapons to Nigel accor- 
dingly, who, while they were under his control, and all possibility 
of his being taken at advantage was excluded, no longer hesi- 
tated to give the waterman an admowledgment, in the following 
terms: — 

*^ Jack in the Green, with his mate, belonging to the wheny 
called the Jolly Raven, have done their du^ udthfully by me, 
landing me at Greenwich by my express command ; and beinc 
themselves willing and desirous to carrv me on board the Rovu 
Thistle, presently lying at Gravesend." Having finished this 
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Indicating his name and title, he again requested to know of the 
waterman, to whom he delivered it, the name of his employers. 

<* Sir," replied Jack in the Green, ^ I have respected yonr 
secret, do not you seek to pry into mine. It would do you no 
good to know for whom I am taking this present trouble ; and, 
to be brief, you shall not know it — and, if you will fight in the 
quarrel, as you said even now, the sooner we begin the better. 
Only this you may be cock-sure of, that we designed you no harm, 
and that, if yon fiUl into any, it will be of your own wUful seeking." 
As he spoke, they approached the landing-place, where Nigel 
instantly jumped ashore. The waterman placed his small mul- 
trunk on the stairs, observing that there were plenty of spare hande 
about, to carry it where he would. 

'< We part friends, I hope, my lads," said tiie young nobleman, 
offering at the same time a piece of money more than double the 
usual fare, to the boatmen. 

« We part as we met," answered Green-jacket ; ^and, for 
your money, I am paid sufficiently with this bit of paper. Only, 
if you owe me any love for the ca^ I have given you, J pray you 
not to dive so deep into the pockets of the next apprentice tiiat 
you find fool enough to play the cavalier. — And you, you greedy 
swine," said he to his companion, who still had a longing eye fixed 
on the money which Nigel continued to offer, <<pu£ off, or, if I 
take a streteher in hand, I'll break the knave's pate of thee." The 
fellow pushed off, as he was commanded, but still could not help 
muttering, " This was entirely out of watermen's rules." 

Glenvarloch, though without the devotion of the << injured 
Thales" of the moralist, to the memory of that great princess, had 
now attained 

** The haUoWd wU which gave Eliza birth/* 
whose halls were now less respectably occupied by her snccessor. 
It was not, as has been well shewn by a late author, that Jamed 
was void either of parts or of good intentions ; and his predeces- 
sor was at least as arbitrary in effect as he was in theory. But, 
while Elizabeth possessed a sternness of masculine sense and 
determination which rendered even her weaknesses, some of 
which were in themselves sufficientiy ridiculous, in a certain 
degree respectable, James, on the other hand, was so utt^ly 
devoid of ** firm resolve," so well called by the Scottish bard, 

*' The stalk of carle-hemp in man/* 
that even his virtues and his good meaning became laughable, 
from the whimsical uncertainty of his conduct ; so that the wisest 
things he ever said, and the best actions he ever did, were often 
touched with a strain of the ludicrous and fidgety character of 
the man. Accordingly, though at different periods of his reign he 
contrived to acquire with his people a certain degree of tempo- 
rary popularity, it never long outiived the occasion which pro- 
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monarch stained with actual guilt, more than one whose foibles 
render him only ridiculous. 

To return from this digression. Lord Glenvarloch soon received, 
as Green-jacket had assured him, the offer of an idle bargeman 
to transport his baggage where he listed ; but that where was a 
question of momentary doubt. At length, recollecting the neces- 
Mty that his hair and beard should be properly arranged before 
he attempted to enter tiie royal presence, and desirous, at the 
same time, of obtaining some information of the motions of the 
Sovereign and of the Court, he desired to be guided to the next 
barber's shop, which we have already mentioned as the place 
where news of every kind circled and centred. He was speedily 
shewn the way to such an emporium of intelligence, and soon 
found he was likely to hear all he desired to know, and much 
more, while his head was sttb|ected to the art of a nimble tonsor, 
the jzlibness of whose tongue kept pace with the nimbleness of 
his mgers, while he ran on> without stint or stop, in the following 
excursive manner : — 

" The CJourt here, master !— yes, master — much to the advan- 
tage of trade — good custom stirring. His Majesty loves Green- 
wich — hunts evOTy morning in the Park — sdl decent persons 
admitted that have the entries of the Palace — no rabble — 
frightened the King's horse with their hallooing, the uncombed 
slaves. — Yes, sir, the beard more peaked ! Yes, master, so it is 
worn. I know the last cut — dress several of the courtiers — 
one valet-of-the-chamber, two pages of the body, the clerk of thi 
kitchen, three running fbotmen, two dog-boys, and an honourable 
Scottish knight. Sir Munko Malgrowler." 

" Malagrowther, I suppose V* said Nigel, thrusting in his con- 
jectural emendation, with infinite difficulty, betwixt two clauses 
in the barber's text. 

"Yes, sir — Malcrowder, sir, as you say, sir — hard names 
the Scots have, sir, for an English mouth. Sir Munko is a hand- 
some person, sir — perhaps you know him — bating the loss of 
his fingers, and the lameness of his leg, and tlie length of his chin. 
Sir, it takes me one minute, twelve seconds, more time to trim 
that chin of his, than any chin that I know in the town of Green- 
wich, sir. But he is a very comely gentleman, for all that ; and 
a pleasant — a very pleasant gentleman, sir — and a good- 
humoured, saving that he is so deaf he can never hear good of 
any one, and so wise, that he can never believe it ; but he is a 
very good-natured eentleman for all that, except when one speaks 
too low, or when a hair turns awry. — Did I graze you, sir ! We 
shall put it to rights in a moment, with one drop of styptic — my 
styptic, or rather my wife's, sir — She makes the water herself. 
One drop of the styptic, sir, and a bit of black taffeta patch, just 
big enough to be the saddle to a flea, sir — Yes, sir, rather 
improves than otherwise. The Prince had a patch the other day, 
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teen yards three quarters of black taffeta already cut into patclies 
for the courtiers.*' 

<* But Sir Mungo Malagrowther !** again interjected Nigel^ with 
difficulty. 

<* Ay, ay, sir — Sir Munko, as you say; a pleasant, good- 
humoured eentleman as ever — To be spoken with, did you say ! 
Oh ay, Easily to be spoken withal, that is, as easily as his infirmity 
will permit. He will presently, unless some one hath asked him 
forth to breakfast, be taking his bone of broiled beef at my 
neighbour Ned Kilderkin's yonder, removed from over the way. 
Ned keeps an eating-house, mr, famous for pork-griskins ; but 
Sir Munko cannot abide pork, no more than the King's most 
Sacred Majesty,* nor my Lord Duke of Lennox, nor Lord Dal- 
gamo, — nay, I am sure, sir, if I touched vou this time, it was 
your fault, not mine. — But a single drop of the styptic, another 
little patch that would make a doublet for a flea, just under the 
left moustache ; it will become you when you smile, sir, as well 
as a dimple ; and if you would salute your fair mistress — but I 
beg pardon, you are a grave gentleman, very grave to be so 
young. — Hope I have given no offence ; it is my duty to enter- 
tain customers — my duty, sir, and my pleasure — Sir Munko 
Malcrowther ! — yes, sir, I dare say he is at this moment in Ned's 
eating-house, for few folks ask him out, now Lord Huntinglen is 
gone to London. You will get touched again — yes, sir — there 
you shall find him with his can of single aJe, stirred with a sprig 
of rosemary, for he never drinks strong potations, sir, unless to 
oblige Lord Huntinglen — take heed, sir — or any other person 
who asks him forth to breakfast — but single beer he always 
drinks at Ned's, with his broiled bone of b^f or mutton — or, it 
may be, lamb at the season — but not pork, though Ned is £unou8 
for his griskins. But the Scots* never eat pork — strange that ! 
some folks think they are a sort of Jews. There is a resemblance, 
sir — Do you not think so ! Then they call our most gracious 
Sovereign the second Solomon, and Solomon, you know, was King 
of the Jews ; so the thing bc»Eurs a face, you see. I believe, aar, 
you will find yourself trimmed now to your content. I will be 
judged by the fair mistress of your affections. Crave pardon — 
no offence^ T trust. *Pray, consult the glass — one touch of the 
crisping tongs, to reduce this straggler. — Thank your munifi- 
cence, sir — hope your custom while you stay in Greenwich. 
Would you have a tune on that ghittem, to put your temper in 
concord for the day ! — Twang, twang — twang, twang, dillo. 
Something out of tune, or — too many hands to touch it — we 

• The Scots, till within the last generation, ditUked swine's flesh as an artlds 
of food as much as the Higlilanders do at present. It was remarked as extraor- 
dinary rapacity, when tlie Border depredators condescended to niake prev of the 
accursed race, whom the fiend made his habitation. Ben Jonson, m drawing 
James's character, says, he loved " no part of a swine.** 
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cannot keep these ihines like artists. Let me help you with your 
cloak, fiir — yes, sir — You would not play yourself, sir, would 
you t — Way to Sir Munko's eating-house I — Yes, sir ; but it is 
reed's eating-house, not Sir Munko's. — The knight, to be sure, 
eats there, and that makes it his eating-house in some sense, sir 
— ha, ha ! Yonder it is, removed from over the way, new 
whitewashed posts, and red lattice — fat hian in his doublet at 
the door — Ned himself, sir — worth a thousand pounds, they 
say — better singeing pig's faces than trinmiing courtiers — but 
ours is the less mechani^ vocation. — Farewell, sir ; hope your 
custom." So saying, he at length permitted Nigel to depart, 
whose ears, so long tormented with his continued babble, tingled 
when it had ceased, as if a bell had been rung close to them for 
the same space of time. 

Upon his arrival at the eating-house, where he proposed to 
meet with Sir Mungo Malagrowther, from whom, in despair of 
better advice, he trusted to receive some information as to the 
best mode of introducing' himself into the royal presence, Lord 
Glenvarloch found, in the host with whom he communed, the 
consequential taciturnity of an Englishman well to pass in the 
world. Ned Kilderkin spoke as a banker writes, only touching 
the needful. Being asked if Sir Mungo Malagrowther was there ! 
he replied, No. Being interrogated, whether he was expected ! 
he said, Yes. And, being again required to say vhen he was 
expected, he answered, Presently. As Lord Glenvarloch liext 
inquired, whether he himself could have any breakfast! the 
landlord wasted not even a syllable in reply, but, ushering him 
into a neat room where there were several tables, he placed one 
of them before an arm-chair, and beckoning Lord Glenvarloch to 
take possession, he set before him, in a very few minutes, a sub- 
stantial repast of roast-beef, together with a foaming tankard, to 
which refi^Bshment the keen air of the river disposed him, not- 
withstanding his mental embarrassments, to do much honour. 

)Vhile Nigel was thus engaged in discussing his commons, bat 
raising his head at the same time whenever he heard the door of 
the apartment open, eagerly desiring the arrival of Sir Mungo 
Malagrowther, (an event which hf^ seldom been expected by 
any one with so much anxious interest,) a personage, as it seemed, 
of at least equal importance with the knight, entered into the 
apartment, and began to hold earnest colloquy with the publican, 
who thought proper to carry on the conference on his side un- 
bonneted. This important gentleman's occupation might be 
guessed from his dress. A milk-white jerkin, and hose of white 
kersey ; a white apron twisted around his body in the manner of 
a sash, in which, instead of a warUke dagger, was stuck a long- 
bladed knife, hilted with buck's-hom ; a white nightcap on us 
head, under which his hair was neatly tucked, sufficiently por- 
trayed him as one of those priests of Comus whom the vulgar call 
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neglected to send some provisions to the Palace^ shewed that he 
ministered to royalty itself. 

" This will never answer," he said, "Master Kilderkin — the 
King twice asked for sweetbreads, and fricasseed coxcombs, 
whidi are a favourite dish of his most Sacred Majesty, and they 
were not to be had, because Master Kilderkin had not supphed 
them to the clerk of the kitchen, as by bargain bound." Here 
Kilderkin made some apology, brief, according to his own nature, 
and muttered in a lowly tone, after the fashion of all who find 
themselves in a scrape. His superior replied, in a lofty strain of 
voice, ^ Do not tell me of the carrier and his wain, and of the 
hen-coops coming from Norfolk with the poultry ; a loyal man 
would have sent an express — he would have gone upon" his 
stumps, like Widdrington. What if tiie King had lost his appe- 
tite. Master Kilderkin ? What if his most Sacred Majesty had 
lost his dinner ? O Master Kilderkin, if you had but the just 
sense of the dignity of our profession, which is told of by the 
witty African sktve, for so the King's most excellent Majesty 
designates him, Publius Terentius, Tanquam in specuU — in 
paHnat impicere jubeo,*' 

" You are learned. Master Linklater," replied the English 
publican, compeUing, as it were with difficulty, his mouth to utter 
three or four words consecutively. 

" A poor smatterer," said Mr Linklater ; " but it would be a 
shame to us, who are his most excellent Majesty's countrymen, 
not in some sort to have cherished those arts wherewith he is so 
deeply embued — Regit ad exempla/ty Master Kilderkin, totut 
componitur orbit — which is as much as to say, as the King quotes 
the cook learns. In brief, Master Kilderkin, having had the 
luck to be bred where humanities may be had at the matter of 
an English five groats by the quarter, I, like others, have acquired 

— ahem — hem !" Here, the speaker's eye having fallen 

upon Lord Glenvarloch, he suddenly stopped in his learned 
harangue, with such symptoms of embarrassment as induced Ned 
Kilderkin to stretch his taciturnity so far as not only to ask him 
what he ailed, but whether he would take any thing. 

" Ail nothing," replied the learned rival of the philosophical 
Syrus; "Nothing — and yet 1 do feel a littie giddy. I could 
^ taste a ehss of your dame's aqua mirabUit" 

" I will fetch it," said Ned, giving a nod ; and his back was no 
sooner turned, than the cook walked near the table where Lord 
Glenvarloch was seated, and regarding him with a look of signi- 
ficance, where more was meant than met the ear, said, — " You 
are a stranger in Greenwich, or. I advise you to take the oppor- 
tnnily to step into the Park — the western wicket was ajar when 
I came hither ; I think it will be locked presently, so you had 
better make the best of your way — that is, if you have any curi- 
osity. The venison are coming into season just now, sir, and 
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when they are bounding so bhthely |Mist, what a pleasore it wofold 
be, to broach their plump haunches on a spit, and to embattle 
their breasts in a noble fortification of puff-paste, with plenty of 
blaok pepper." 

He said no more, as KUderkin re-entered with the cordial, 
but edged off from Nigel without waiting any reply, only repeat- 
ing the same look of inteUieenoe with which he had accosted him. 

liothing makes men's witi so alert as personal danger. Nigef 
took the ftrst opportunity which his host* s attention to &e yeoman 
of the royal kitdien permitted, to diseharge his reckoning, and 
readily obtained a direction to the wicket in question. He foond 
it upon the latch, as he had been taught to expect ; and perceived, 
that it admitted him to a narrow foot-path, which traversed a 
ek)se and tangled thicket, designed for the cover of the does and 
the young fawns. He conjectured it would be proper to wait ; 
nor had he been stationary above five minutes, when the cook, 
scalded as much with heat of motbn as ever he had been at his 
huge fire-place, arrived almost breathless, and with his pass-key 
hastily lodged the wicket behind him. 

Ere Lord Glenvarloch had time to speculate upon this actkm, 
the man approached with anxiety, and said — << Grood lord, my 
Lord Glenvarloch ! — why will you endanger yourself thus t" 

" You know me then, my friend 1" said Nigel. 

" Not much of that, my lord — but I know your honour's noble 
honse welL — My name is Laurie Linklater, my lord." 

«< Linklater I" repeated Nigel. « I shoukl recoUect " 

^ Under your lordship's favour," he continued, ** I was 'pren- 
tice, my lord, to old Mungo Moniplies, the flesher at the wanton 
West-port of Edinburgh, which I wish I saw again before I died. 
And, your honour*? noble fiither having taken Richie Moniplies 
into his house to wait on your lordship, there was a sort of con* 
neotion, your lordship sees." 

" Ah !" said Lord Glenvarloch, " I had almost forgot your 
name, but not your kind purpose. You tried to put Richus in 
Uie way of presenting a supplication to his Majesty !" 

" Most true, my lord," replied the King's cook. " I had like 
to have copie by mischief in the job ; for Bidiie, who was always 
wihnl, < wadna be guided by me,' as the sang says. But nobody 
amongst these brave English cooks can kittle up his Majesty's 
most sacred palate with our own gusty Scottish dishes. So I e'en 
betook myself to my craft, and concocted a mess of Mar's chiok^i 
for the soup, and a savoury hachis, that made the whole cabal 
coup the crans ; and, instead of disgrace, T came by preferment 
I am one of the clerks of the kitchen now, make me thankiul-- 
wi^ a finger in the purveyor's ofBee, and may get my wfadd 
hand in by and by." 

<< I am truly glad," said Nigel, << to hear that you have not 
suffered on my account, — still more so at your good fortune." 

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not forget poOT people ; and, troth, T see not why they ahould be 
foreotten, since the King's errand may sometimes &11 in the 
cadger's gate. I have foUowed your lordship in the street, jnst 
to look at snch a stately shoot of the old oak-tree ; and my heart 
jumped into my throat, when I saw you sitting openly in the 
eating-house yond^y and knew thero was such danger to your 
person." 

^ What ! there are warrants against me, then !" Sfud Nigel. 

'^ It is even true, my lord ; and there are those are willmg to 
blacken you as much as they can. — God forgive them, that would 
sacrifice an honourable house for their own base ends !" 

" Amen," said NigeL 

^ For, say your lordship may have been a little wild, like other 
young gentlemen " 

^ We have little time to talk of it, my friend," sind Nigel. 
^ The point in question is, how am I to get speech of the Kingi" 

*^ The King, my lord !" said Linklater, in astonishment ; <* v3iy, 
will not that be rushing wilfully into danger ! — scalding yourseu, 
as I may say, with your own ladle !" 

^ My good friend," answered Nigel, '^ my experience of the 
Court, and my knowledge of the circumstances in which I stand, 
tell me, that die manliest and most direct road is, in my case, the 
surest and the safest. The King has both a head to apprehend 
what is just, and a heart to do wlmt is kind." 

^ It IS e'en true, my lord, and so we, his old servants know," 
added Linklater ; " but, wo 's me, if you knew how many folks 
make it their daily and nightly purpose to set his head against 
his heart, and his heart against his hectd — to make him do hard 
things because they are called just, and unjust things because 
they are represented as kind. Wo 's me ! it is with his Sacred 
Miuesty, and the &vourites who work upon him, even acoordinff 
to the homely proverb that men taunt my calling with, — < Grod 
sends good meat, but the devil sends cooks.' " 

^ It signifies not talking of it, my good friend," said Nigel, ^ I 
must take my risk — • my honour peremptorily demands it They 
may maim me, or beggar me, but they shall not say I fled &om 
mr accusers. My peers shall hear my vindication." 

'•* Your peers V* exclaimed the cook — " Alack-a^day, my lord, 
we are not in Scotland, where the nobles can bang It out bravely, 
were it even with the King himself, now and then. This mess 
must be cooked in the Star-Chamber, and that is an oven seven 
times heated, my lord ; — and yet, if you are determined to see 
the King, I will not say but you may find some favour, for he 
Ukea weU any thing that is appealed directly to bis own wisdom, 
and sometimes, in the like cases, I have known him stick by his 
own opinion, which is always a fair one. Only mind, if you will 
forgive me, my lord — mind to spice high with Latin ; a cum or 
two of Greek would not be amiss ; and, if you can biinff in any 
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and season with a merry jest or so, the dish will be tiie mon 
palatable. — Truly, I think, that, besides my skill in art, I owe 
much to the stripes of the Rector of the High School, who im- 
printed on my mind that cooking scene in the Heautontimom- 
menos." 

<' Leaving that aside, my firiend," said Lord Glenvarloch, '^can 
you inform me which way I shall most readily get to the sight 
and speech of the King !*' 

'^ To the sight of him readily enough," said Linklater ; ^ he i^ 

SiUoping about these alleys, to see them strike the hart, to get 
m an appetite for a nooning — and that reminds me I should 
be in the kitchen. To the speech of the King you will not come 
so easily, unless you could either meet him alone, which rarely 
chances, or wait for him among the crowd that go to see him 
alight. — And now, farewell, my lord, and God speed! — if I 
oould do more for you, I would offer it" 

** You have done enough, perhaps, to endanger yourself," said 
Lord Glenvarloch, '^ I pray you to be gone, and leave me to 
my fate." 

' The honest cook lingered, but a nearer burst of the horns 
apprized him that there was no time, to lose ; and, acquainting 
Nigel that he would leave the postern-door on the latch to secure 
his retreat in that direction, he bade Grod bless him, and farewell. 

In the kindness of this humble countryman, flowing partly 
fbom national partiality, partly from a sense of long-remembered 
benefits, which had been scarce thought on by those who had 
bestowed them. Lord Glenvarloch thought he saw the last touch 
of sympathy which he was to receive in this cold and courtly 
region, and felt that he must now be sufficient to himself, or be 
utterly lost. 

He traversed more than one alley, guided by the sounds of the 
chase, and met several of the inferior attendants upon the King's 
sport, who regarded him only as one of the spectators who were 
sometimes permitted to enter the Park by the concurrence of the 
officers about the Court. Still there was no appearance of James, 
or any of his principal courtiers, and Nigel began to think 
whether, at the risk of incurring disnrace similar to that which 
had attended the rash exploit of Richie Moniplies, he should not 
repair to the Palace-gate, in order to address the King on his 
return, when Fortune presented him the opportunity of doing so, 
in her own way. 

He was in one of those long walks by which the Paric was 
traversed, when he heard, first a distant rustling, then the rapid 
approach of hoofs shiJung the firm earth on which he stood ; then 
a <hstant halloo, warned by which he stood up by the side oC the 
avenue, leaving firee room for the passage of we chase. The stag, 
reeling, covert with foam, and blackened with sweat, lus noetriSi 
expanded as he gasped for breath, made a shift to come up as far 
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down by two tall g^reyhounds of the breed still used by the hardy 
deer-stalkers of liie Scottish Highlands, but which has been long 
unknown in England. One dog struck at the buck's throat, 
another dashed ms sharp nose and fangs, I might almost say, into 
the animal's bowels. It would have b^n natiu*al for Lord Glen- 
▼arloch, himself persecuted as if by huntersi to have thought upon 
the occasion like the melancholy Jacques ; but habit is a strange 
matter, and I feiur that his feelings on the occasion were rather 
those of the practised huntsman man of the moralist He had no 
time, however, to indulge them, for mark what befell. 

A single horseman followed the chase, upon a steed so 
thoroughly subjected to the rein, that it obeyed the touch of the 
bridle as if it had been a mechanical impulse operating on the 
nicest piece of machinery ; so that, seated deep in his demi-pique 
saddle, and so trussed up Ihere as to make falling almost impos- 
sible, the rider, without either fear or hesitation, might increase 
or diininish the speed at which he rode, which, even on the most 
animating occasions of the chase, seldom exceeded three-fourths 
of a gallop, the horse keeping his haunches under him, and never 
stretching forward beyond the managed pace of the academy. 
The securily with which he chose to prosecute even tliis favourite, 
and, in ordhiary case, somewhat dangerous amusement, as well a^ 
the rest of his equipage, marked King James. No attenduit wa i 
within sight ; indeed, it was often a nice strain of flattery to per- 
mit the S:>vereign to suppose he had outridden and distanced all 
the rest of the chase. 

" Weel dune, Bash — weel dune, Battie !" he exclaimed, as he 
came up. " By the honour of a king, ye are a credit to the Braes 
of Balwhither ! — Hand my horse, man," he called out to Nigel, 
without stopping to see to whom he had addressed himself — 
" Hand my naig, and help me doun out o* the saddle — deil ding 
your saul, sirra, canna ye mak haste before these lazy smaiks come 
up ? — baud the rein easy — dinna let him swerve — now, hand 
the stirrup — that will do, man, and now we are on terra fbrma." 
So saying, without casting an eye on his assistant, gentle Kine 
Jamie, unsheathing the £ort, sharp hanger, {couteau de chauey) 
which was the only thing approaching to a sword that he could 
willingly endure the sight of, drew the blade with great satisfac- 
tion across the throat of the buck, and put an end at once to its 
struggles and its agonies. • 

Lord Glenvarloch, who knew well the silvan duty which the 
occasion demanded, hung the bridle of the King's psdfrey on the 
branch of a tree, and, kneeling duteously down, turned the 
slaughtered deer upon its back, and kept the quarree in that 
position, while the King, too intent upon his sport to observe . 
any thing else, drew his couteau down the breast of the animal, 
teeundum artem ; and, having made a cross cut, so as to ascer- 
tain the depth of the fat upon the chest, exclaimed, in a sort of 
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prime, as I am a crowned aimier — and deil ane o' the laiy loont 
m but myeell! Seven — aught — aught tines on the antlen. 
By G— d, a hart of aught tines, and the first of the season t 
Bash and Battie, blesBings on the heart* s-root of ye I Boas me, 
my bairns, buss me." The dogs aoeordingly &wned upon him, 
licked him with bloody jaws, and soon put him in sudi a state 
that it might have seemed treason had been doing its fiill work 
upon his anointed body. « Bide doun, with a misehief to ye — 
bide doun, with a wanion," cried the King, almost oyertumed by 
the obstreperous caresses of the laige stag-hounds. ^ But ye are 
just like ither folks, gie ye an Inch and ye take an ell.— And wha 
may ye be, friend !" he said, now finding leisuie to take a nearer 
view of Nigel, and observing what in hu first emotion <^ silvan 
delight had escaped him, — ^ Ye are nane of our train, man. In 
the name of Grod, what the devil are ye !" 

** An unfortunate man, sire," repUed NigeL 

« I dare say that," answered the King, snappishly, « or I wad 
have seen naething of you. My lieges keep a* their happiness to 
themselves ; but let bowls row wrang wi' them, and I am sure to 
hear of it." • 

*^ And to whom else can we carry our complaints but to your 
Majesty, who is Heaven's vicegerent over us f" answered NigeL 

^ Bight, man, right — very weel spoken," said the King ; <* but 
you should leave Heaven's vicegerent some quiet on earm, too." 

" If your Majesty will look on me," (for hitherto the KLing had 
been so busy, first with the dogs, and then with the mjrstic opera- 
tion of breMng, in vulgar phrase, cutting up the deer, that he 
had scarce given his assistant above a transient glance,) ^ yon 
will see whom necessity makes bold to avail himse^ of an <^por- 
tnnity which may never again occur.*' 

King James looked ; his blood left his cheek, though it con- 
tinued stained with that of the animal which lay at his feet, he 
dropped the knife from his hand, cast behind him a filtering eye, 
as if he either meditated flight or looked out for assistance, and 
then exclaimed, — *^ Grlenvarlochides ! as sure as I was christoaad 
Jf mes Stewart Here is a bonny spot of work, and me alonei, 
and on foot too !" he added, bustling to get upon his horse. 

" Forgive me that I interrupt you, my liege," said Nigel, 
placing himself between the King and the steed ; ** hear me but 
a moment" 

^ I '11 hear ye best on horseback," said the King. ** I canna 
hear a word on foot, man, not a word ; and it is not seemly to 
stand cheek-for-chowl confronting us that gate. Bide out of our 
gate, sir, we charge you, on your allegiance. — The deil 's in them 
a', what can they be doing 1" 

** By the crown which you wear, my liege," said Nigel, ** and 
for which my ancestors have worthily fought, I conjure yen to 
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to grant The timidity which he shewed was not tiie plain 
dckwnright oowardice, which, like a natural impulse compels a 
Doan to flight, and which can excite little but pity or contempt, 
but a much more ludicrous, as well as more mingled sensation. 
The poor King was frightened at once and angry, desirous of 
•ecniing his safety, and at the same time ashamed to compro- 
misa his dignity ; so that, without attending to what Lord Glen- 
Tarloch endeavoured to explain, he kept making at his horse, 
and repeating, *^ We are a free King, man — we are a free King 
*— we will not be controUed by a subject — In the name of Gtod, 
what keeps Steenie ? And, praised be his name, they are commg 
*— Hillo, no — here, here — Steenie, Steenie !" 

The Duke of Buckingham galloped up, followed by several 
courtiers and attendants of the royal chase, and commenced with 
his usual familiarity, — << I see Fortune has graced our dear dad, 
as usual But what 's this )" 

^ What is it 1 It is treason, for what I ken," said the King ; 
^ and a' your wyte, Steenie. Your dear dad and gossip mi^t 
have been murdered, for what you care." 

^ Murdered ! Secure the villain !" exclaimed the Duke. 
*^ By Heaven, it is Olifaunt himself 1" A dozen of the hunters 
dismounted at once, letting theur horses run wild through the 
park. Some seized roughly on Lord Glenvarlooh, who thought 
it folly to offer resistance, while oliiers busied themselves with 
tbe mng. ** Are you wounded, my liege — are you wounded 1" 

^ Not that I ken of," said the King, in the paroxysm of his 
apprehension, (which, by the way, might be panlone^ in one of 
so timorous a temper, and who, in his time, had been exposed to 
so many strange attempts) — ^Not that I ken of — but search 
him — search him. I am sure I saw fire-arms under his cloak. 
I am sure I smelled powder — I am dooms sure of that" 

Lord Glenvarlooh's cloak being stripped off, and his pistols 
discovered, a shout of wonder and of execration on the supposed 
criminal purpose, arose from the crowd, now thickening every 
moment Not that celebrated pistol, which, though resting on a 
bosom as gallant and as loyal as Nigel's, spread such causeless 
alarm among knights and dames at a late high solemnity — not 
that very pistol caused more temporary consternation than was 
80 groundlessly excited by the arms which were taken frt)m Lord 
GlenvarlOch's person; and not Mhio-AUastar-More himself, could 
rep^ with greater scorn and indignation, the insinuations that 
they were worn for any sinister purposes.* 

<< Away with the wretch — the parricide — the bloody-minded 
villain !" was echoed on all hands ; and the King, who naturally 
enough set the same value on his own life at which it was, or 
seemed to be, rated by others, cried out, louder than all the resi^ 
^ Ay» ay — away with him. I have had enough of him, and w 

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has the country. But do him no bodily harm— -and, for God'a 
Bake, sin, if ye are sure that ye liave ^oroughly diaarmed him^ 
put up your swords, dirks, and skenes, for you will oertainly do 
each other a mischief." 

There was a speedy sheathing of weapons at the King's com* 
mands ; for those who had hiuierto been brandishing them in 
loYtA bravado, began thereby to call to mind the extreme dislike 
which his Majesty nourished against naked steel, a foible ndiich 
seemed to be as constitutional as his timidity, and was usqaUy 
ascribed to the brutal murder of Rizzio having been perpetrated 
in his unfortunate mother's presence before he yet saw ^e light 

At this moment, the Prince, who had been hunting in a d^e- 
rent part of the then extensive Park, and had received some 
hasty and confused information of what was goina; forward, came 
rapidly up, with one or two noblemen in his tram, and amongst 
others Lord Dalgamo. He sprung from his horse, and asked 
eagerly if his father were wounded. 

^ Not that T am sensible of. Baby Charles — but a wee matter 
exhausted, with struggling single-handed with the assassin. — 
Steenie, fill us a cup of wine — the leathern bottle islumging at 
our ponmiel. — Buss me, then. Baby Charles," continued the 
monarch, after he had taken this cup of comfort ;* '^ man, the 
Commonwealth and you have had a fair escape from the heavy 
and bloody loss of a dear father ; for we are paUr pcOrioB, as 
weel as pater familias, — Quit detiderio tit pudor avt modus tarn 
eari eapitit ! — Wo is me, bkick cloth would have been dear in 
England, and dry een scarce !" 

And, at the very idea of the general grief which must have 
attended his deam, the good-natured monarch cried heartily 
himself. 

^ Is this possible !" said Charles, sternly ; for his pride was 
hurt at his father's demeanour on tiie one hand, while, on the 
other, he felt the resentment of a son and a subject, at the sop-, 
posed attempt on the King's life. ^ Let some one speak who hat 
seen what happened — My Lord of Buckingham !" 

^ I cannot say, my lord," replied the Duke, '^ that I saw any 
actual violence offered to his Majesty, else I should have av^iged 
him on the spot" 

^ You would have done wron^ then, in your zeal, George,** 
answered the Prince ; ^ such offenders were better left to be 
dealt with by the laws. But was the villain not struggling with 
his Majesty 1" 

*< I cannot term it so, my lord," said the Duke, who, with many 
iMilts, would have disdained an untruth ; ^ he seemed to desire 
to detain his Majesty, who, on the contrary, seemed to wish to 
inoant his horse ; but they have found pistols on his person, oon- 
tcary fo the proclamation, and, as it proves to be Nigel OlifisMinty 

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of whose ungoyemed disposition your Royal Highness has seen 

some samples, we seem to he justified in apprehending the worst.'* 

^ Nigel Olifaunt I" said the Prinee ; ^ can that unhappy man 

so soon have engaged in a new trespass? Let me see those 



' Ye are not so unwise as to meddle with such snap-haunches, 
Bahy Charles V said James — '^ Do not give him them, Steenie 

— I command you on your allegiance. They may so off of 
their own succord, whilk often hefalls. — You will do it, then! 

— Saw eyer man sic wilful haims as we are cumbered with I — 
Havena we guardsmen and soldiers enow, but ye must unload 
the weapons yoursell — you, the heir of our body and dignities, 
and sae mony men around that are paid for venturing life in bur 
causer 

But, without regarding his father's exclamations, Prince 
Charles, with the obstinacy which characterized him in trifles, as 
well as matters of consequence, persisted in unloading the pistols 
with his own hand, of the double bullets with which e&cti was 
charged. The hands of all around were held up in astonishment 
at the horror of the crime supposed to have been intended, and 
the escape which was presumed so narrow. 

Nigel had not yet spoken a word — he now cahnly desired to 
be h^rd. 

" To what purpose 1" answered the Prince, coldly. " You 
knew yourself accused of a heavy offence, and, instead of ren- 
dering yourself up to justice, in terms of the proclamation, you 
are here found intruding yourself on his Majesty's presence, and 
armed with unlawful weapons." 

" May it please you, Mr," answered Nigel, " I wore these 
unhappy weapons for my own defence ; and not very many hours 
since, they were necessary to protect the Uves of others." 

** Doubtless, my lord," answered the Prince, still calm and 
unmoved, — ''your late mode of life, and the associates with 
whom you have lived, have made you ffuniliar with scenes and 
weapons of violence. But it is not to me you are to plead your 
cause." 

" Hear me— hear me, noble Prince 1" stad Nigel, eagerly. 
*' Hear me ! You — even you yourself — may one day ask to be 
heard, and in vain." 

** How, sir," said the Prince, haughtily — " how am I to con- 
strue that, my lord 1" 

^ If not on earth, sir," replied the prisoner, " yet to Heaven 
we must all pray for patient and favourable audience." 

** True, my lord," said the Prince, bending his head with 
haughty acquiescence ; '^ nor would I now refuse such audience 
to you, could it avail you. But you shall suffer no wrong. We 
'will ourselves look into your case." 

" Ay, ay," answered the King, ** he hath made appeUatio <k{ 
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and plaoe fitting ; and, in the meanwhile, have him and hk 
weapons away, for I am weairy of the sight of them.'* 

In consequence of directions hastily given, Nigd was aeoor- 
dingly removed from the presence, where, however, his words 
had not altogether fallen to the ground. * ^ This is a most 
strange matter, George," said the Prince to the favourite ; ^ this 
gentleman hath a ^d countenance, a happy presence, and mucii 
calm firmness in ms look and speech. 1 cannot think he would 
attempt a crime so desperate and useless." 

^ I profess neither love nor favour to the young man," an- 
swered Buckingham, whose high-spirited ambition bore aJwi^ 
an open character ; ^ but I cannot but agree with your HighnesB, 
that our dear gossip hath been something hasty in apprehending 
personal danger from him." f 

^ By my sanl, Steenie, ye are not blate, to say so," sud the 
King. ^ Do I not ken the smell of pouther, thmk ye ! Who 
else nosed out the Fifth of November, save our royal selves ! 
Cecil, and Suffolk, and all of them, were at fault, like sae mony 
mongrel tikes, when I pnizled it out ; and trow ye that I cannot 
smell pouther t Why, 'sblood, man, Joannes Barclaius thought 
my ingine was in some measure inspiration, and terms his history 
of the plot, Serie$ foAffo/cti dviwMtm pofricidii ; and Spondanus, 
in like manner, sailh of us, DivinUut evasit" » 

^ The land was happy in your Majesty's escape," said the Duke 
of Buckingham, ^ and not less in the quick wit which tracked 
that labyrinth of treason by so fine and idmost invisible a dew." 

** Saul, man, Steenie, ye are right ! There are few youths have 
sic true judgment as you, respecting the wisdom of their eldera ; 
and, as for this fause tiuitorous smaik, I doubt he is a hawk of 
the same nest Saw ye not something papistical about him \ Lei 
them look that he bears not a crucifix, or some sic Rotnan trinket^ 
about him." 

'' It would ill become me to attempt the exculpation of this 
unhappy man," said Lord Dalgarno, *^ considering the height of 
his present attempt, which has made all true men's blood curdle 
in their veins. Yet I cannot avoid intimating, with all due sub- 
mission to his Majesty's inf&Uible judgment in justice to one 
who shewed himself formerly only my enemy, though he now 
displays himself in much blacker colours, that this 01i£ant always 
appeared to me more as a Puritan than as a Papist" 

*< Ah, Dalgarno, art thou there, man !" said the King. ^ And 
ye behoved to keep back, too, and leave us to our own naturai 
strength and the care of Providence, when we were in grips with 
theviUainl" 

^ Providence, may it please your most Gracious Majesty^ woold 
not fail to aid, in such a strait, the care of three weeping Idng- 
doms," said Lord Dalgarno. 

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• Surely, man — surely," replied the King — " but a sicht of 
your &ther, with his long whinyard, would have been a blithe 
matter a short while syne ; and in future we will aid the ends of 
ProYidence in our favour, by keeping near us two stout beef-eaters 
of the guard. — And so this Olifaunt is a Puritan 1 — not the less 
like to be a Papist, for all that — for extremities meet, as the 
BchoKast proveth. There are, as I have proved in my book, 
Puritans of papistical principles — it is just a new tout on an auld 
horn." 

Here the King was remindecl by the Prince, who dreaded per- 
hi^ that he was going to recite the ^hole BasUieon Doron, that 
it would be best to move towards the Palace, and consider what 
was to be done for satisfying the public mind, in whom the 
morning's adventure was hkely to excite much speculation. As 
they entered the sate of the Palace, a female bowed and presented 
a paper, which me King received, and, with a sort of groan, 
thrust it into his side-pccket. The prince expressed some curio- 
sity to know its contents. '* The valet in waiting will tell vou 
them," said the King, "when I strip off my cassock. D*ye thmk, 
Baby, that I can read all that is thrust into my hands 1 See to 
me, man," — (he pointed to the pockets of his great trunk 
breeches, which were stuffed with papers), — ** We are like an 
ass — that we should so speak — stooping betwixt two burdens. 
Ay, ay, Asinut fortis aecumbens inter Urminos, as the Vulgate 
hath it — Ay, ay, Vidi terram quod esset optima, et mjmosui 
hmmerum ad portandum, tt factut mm tributis seriiens — I saw 
ttiis land of England, and became an over-burdened king 
thereof." 

^ You are indeed well loaded, my dear dad and gossip," said 
the Duke of Buckingham, receiving the papers which King James 
emptied out of his pockets. , 

" Ay, ay," continued the monarch ; " take them to you iw 
tveerrionem, bairns — the one pouch stuJBTed with petitions, t 'other 
with pasquinadoes ; a fine time we have on 't. On my conscience, 
I believe the tale of Cadmus was hieroglyphical, and that the 
dragon's teeth whilk he sowed were the letters he invented. Ye 
are laughing, Baby Charles 1— Mind what I say. — When I came 
ere fimt frae our ain country, where the men are as rude as the 
weather, by my conscience, England was a bieldy bit ; one would 
have thought tiie King had little to do but to walk by quiet waters, 
per aquam refectionis. But, I kenna how or why, the place is sair 
changed — read that libel upon us and on our regunen. The 
dragon's teeth are sown, Baby Charles ; I pray Grod they beama 
their armed harvest in your day, if I sujd not Uve to see it. God 
forbid I should, for there will be an awful day's kemping at th« 
shearing of them." 

** I sbiU know how to stifle the crop in the blade,~ha, George !" 
said the Prince, turning to the favourite witii a look expres- 
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of confidence in the superior fimmeas and decision of his own 
counselB. 

While this discourse was passing, Nigel, in charge of a pursui- 
Tant-at-arms, was pushed and dragged through the small town, 
all the inhabitants of which, liaving been alarmed by the report 
of an attack on the King's life, now pressed forwani to see the 
supposed traitor. Amid the confusion of the moment, he could 
descry the face of the victualler, arrested into a stare of stolid 
wonder, and that of the barber grinning betwixt horror and 
eager curiosity. He thought that he also had a glimpse of his 
waterman in the green jacket. 

He had no time for remarks, being placed in a boat with the 
pursuivant and two yeomen of the guard, and rowed up the river 
as fast as the arms of six stout watermen could pull against the 
tide. They passed the groves of masts which even then astonished 
the 'stranger with the extended commerce of London, and now 
approached those low and blackened walls of curtain and bastion, 
which exhibit here anil there a piece of ordnance, and here aqd 
there a solitary sentinel under arms, but have otherwise so little 
of the military terrors of a citadel. A projecting low-browed 
arch, which had loured over many an innocent, and many a 
guilty head, in similar circumstances, now spread its dark frowns 
over that of NigeL* The boat was put close up to the broad 
steps against which the tide was lapping its hizy wave. The 
warder on duty looked from the wicket, and spoke to the pursui- 
vant in whispc^ In a few minutes the Lieutenant of the Tower 
appeared, received, and granted an acknowledgment for the body 
of Nigel, Lord Glenvarloch. 



CHAPTER XXVIII. 

Ye towen of Julius I London's lasting shame ; 
With many a foul and midnight murder fed ! 

Obat. 

Such is the exclamation of Gray. Bandello, long before him, 
has said something like it ; and the same sentiment must, in some 
shape or other, have frequently occurred to those, who, remember- 
ing the fate of other captives in that memorable state-prison, may 
have had but too much reason to anticipate their own. The dark 
and low arch, which seemed, like the entrance to Dante's Hell, 
to forbid hope of regress — the muttered sounds of the warders, 
and petty formalities observed in opening and shutting the grated 
wicket — the cold and constrained salutation of the Lieutenant of 
the fortress, who shewed his prisoner that distant and measured 
respect which authority pays as a tax to decorum, all struck 
upon Nigel's heart, impressing on him the cruel consciousness of 
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^I am a prisoner," he said, the words escaping from him 
afanost unawares ; '' I am a prisoner, and in the Tower !" 

The Lieutenant bowed — "And it is my duty,** he said, << to 
shew your lordship to your chamber, where, I am compelled to 
say, my orders are to place you under some restraint. I will mak* 
it tis easy as my duty permits.** 

Nigel only bowed in return to this compliment, and followed 
the Lieutenant to the ancient buildings on the western side of 
the parade, and adjoining to the chapel, used in those days as a 
state>prison, but in ours as the mess-room of the officers^ of the 
guard upofi duty at the fortress. The double doors were unlocked, 
the prisoner ascended a few steps, followed by the Lieutenant, 
and a warder of the higher class. They entered a large, but 
irregular, low-roofed, and dark apartment, exhibiting a very 
scanty proportion of furniture. The warder had orders to light 
a fire, and attend to Lord 61envarloch*s commands in all things 
consistent with his duty ; and the Lieutenant, having made his^ 
r^yerence with the customary compliment, that he trusted his 
lordship would not long remain under his guardianship, took his 
leaye. 

Nigel would have asked some questions of the warder, who 
remained to put the apartment into order, but the man had 
cauffht the spirit of his ofBce. He seemed not to hear some 
of the prisoner's questions, though of the most ordinary kind, did 
not reply to others, and when he did speak, it was in a short 
and sullen tone, which, though not positively disrespectful, was 
such as at least to encourage no farther communication. 

Nigel left him, therefore, to do his work in silence, and pro- 
ceeded to amuse himself with the melancholy task of deciphering 
the names, mottoes, verses, and hieroglyphics, with which his 

Eredecessors in captivity had covered the walls of theur prison- 
ouse. There he saw the names of many a forgotten sufferer 
mineled with others which will continue in remembrance until 
EngHsh history shall perish. There were the pious effusions of 
the devout Catholic, poured forth on the eve of his sealing his 
profession at Tyburn, mingled with those of the fiim Ptotestant, 
about to feed the fires of Smithfield. There the slender hand of 
the unfortunate Jane Gray, whose fate was to draw tears from 
future generations, might be contrasted with the bolder touch 
which impressed deep on the walls the Bear and Ragged Staff', 
the proud emblem of the proud Dudleys. It was like &e roll of 
the prophet, a record of lamentation and mourning, and yet not 
unmixed with brief interjections of resignation, and sentences 
expressive of the firmest resolution.* 

* Theae memorials of illustrioos criminalfl» or of innocent ponons who had the 
Jkte of soch, are still preserved, though at one time, in the course of repairing 
the rooms, they were in some danger of being whitewashed. They ore preserved 
at present with becoming respect, and have most of them been engraved. — S«e 
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In the sad task of examining the miseries of 1^8 predeoesaon 
in captivity, Lord G^envarloch was interrupted by the suddeB 
npen^g of the door of his prison-room. It was ihe warder, who 
eame to inform him, tha^ by order of the Lieutenant of tfat 
Tower, his lordship was to have the society and attendance of a 
fellow-prisoner in his place of confinement. Nigel replied ha^y, 
. that he wished no attendance, and would rather be left alone ; 
1 but the warder gave him to understand, with a kind of grumbling 
civility, that the Lieutenant was the best judge how his prisoners 
should be accommodated, and that he would have no trouble 
with the boy, who was such a slip of a thing as was scarce 
worth turning a key upon. — "There, Giles," he said, "bring 
the child m." 

Another warder put the " lad before him" into the room, and, 
both withdrawing, bolt crashed and chain danged, as they re- 
placed these ponderous obstacles to freedom. The boy was clad 
in a my suit of the finest cloth, laid down with silver laoe, with 
a buff-ooloured cloak of the same pattern. His cap,, which was a 
Montero of black velvet, was pulled over his brows, and, with ^ 
profusion of his long ringlets, idmost concealed his fjEice. He stood 
on the very spot \mere the warder had quitted his collar, about 
two steps from the door of the apartment, his eyes fixed on the 
ground, and every joint trembling with confusion and terror. 
Nigel could well have dispensed with his society, but it was not in 
his nature to behold distress, whether of body or mind, without 
endeavouring to relieve it. 

*' Cheer up," he said, " my pretty hid. We are to be compa- 
nions, it seems, for a Uttle tune — at least I trust your confine- 
ment will be short, since you are too young to have done aught to 
deserve long restraint. Come, come — do not be discouraged. 
Your hand is cold and trembles ! the air is warm too — bat it 
maybe the damp of this darksome room. Place you by the fire. 
— What ! weeping-ripe, my little man ? I pray you, do not be 
a child. You have no beard yet, to be dishonoured by your 
tears, but yet you should not cry like a girl. Think you are only 
shut up for playing truant, and you can pass a day without weep- 
ing, surely." 

The boy suffered himself to be led and seated by the fire, but, 
after retaining for a long time the very posture which he assumed 
in sitting down, he suddenly changed it in order to wring his 
hands with an air of the bitterest distress, and then, spreading 
them before his face, wept so plentifully, that the tears found 
their way in floods through his slender fingers. 

Nigel was in some degree rendered insensible to his own sito*- 
tion, by his feelings for the intense agony by which so young and 
beautiral a creature seemed to be utterly overwhelmed ; and, at* 
ting down close beside the boy, he applied the most soothing 
terms which occurred to endeavour to alleviate his distress ; and 
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his hand kindly along the long hair of the disoonsohite child. 
The lad appeared so shy as even to shrink from this slight ap- 
proach to familiarity — yet, when Lord Glenvarloch, perceiving 
and allowing for his timidity, sat down on the farther side of the 
fire, he app^ured to he more at his ease, and to hearken with some 
apparent interest to the arguments which from time to time Niffel 
used, to induce him to moderate, at least, the violence of his 
grief. As the boy listened, his tears, though they continued to 
flow freely, seemed to escape from their source more easily, his 
sobs were less convulsive, and became gradually changed into low 
n^oB, which succeeded each other, indicating as much sorrow, 
p^^ps, but leas alarm than his first transports had shewn. 

** Tell me who and what you are, my pretty boy," said Nigel. 
^ Consider me, child, as a companion, who wishes to be kind to 
you, would you but teach him how he can be so." 

" Sir — my lord, I mean," answered the boy, very timidly, and 
in a voice which could scarce be heard even across the brief dis- 
tance which divided them, ^ you are very good — and I — am 
jrery unhappy " 

A second fit of tears interrupted what else he had intended to 
say, and it required a renewal of Lord Glenvarloch's good-natured 
expostulations and encouragements, to bring him once more to 
such composure as rendered the lad capable of expressing himself 
intelligibly. At length, however, he was able to say — ** I am 
senaibTe of your goodness, my lord — and erateful for it — but I 
am a poor unhappy creature, and, what is worse, have myself 
only to thank for my misfortunes." 

^We are seldom absolutely miserable, my young acquain- 
tance," said Nigel, ** without being ourselves more or less res- 
ponsible for it — I may well say so, otherwise I had not been 
here to-day — but you are very young, and can have but little to 
answer for." 

^ Oh, sir ! I wish I could say so — I have been self-willed and 
obstinate — and rash and ungovernable — and now — now^ how 
dearly do I pay the price of it !" 

<* Pshaw, my boy," replied Nigel ; ^ this must be some childish 
frolic — some breaking out of bounds — some truant trick — And 
yet how should any of these have brought you to the Tower 1 — 
There is something mysterious about you, young man, which I 
most inquire into." 

** Indeed, indeed, my lord, there is no harm about me," said 
the boy, more moved it would seem to confession by the last 
words, by which he seemed considerably alarmed, than by all the 
kind expostulations and arguments which Nigel had previously 
used, ^ I am innocent — that is, I have done wrong, but nothing 
to deserve bdng in this frightful place." 

'* Tell me the truth, then," said Nigel, in a tone in which coqbh 
inand mingled with encouragement ; " you have nothing to fear 

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from me, and as little to hope, perhaps — yet, placed aa I am, I 
would know with whom I speak.** 

** With an linhappy — boy, sir — and idle and tmantly disposed, 
as your lordship said," answered the lad, looking up, andsbiewiiu; 
a countenance in which paleness and blushes succeeded each 
o&er, as fear and shamemoedneas alternately had influence. ^ I 
left my father's house without leave, to see the King hunt in the 
Park at Greenwich ; there came a cry of treason, and all the 
gates were shut — I was frightened, and hid myself in a thicket, 
and I was found by some c^ the rangers and examined — and 
they said I gave no good account of myself — and so I was sent 
hither." 

^ I am an unhappy, a most unhappy being," said Lord Glen- 
varloch, rising and walking through the ]4>artm«it ; ^ nothing 
approaches me but shares my own bad fate ! Dea^ and im- 
prisonment dog my steps, and involve all who are found near 
me. Yet this boy's story sounds strangely. — You say yon 
were examined, my young fiiend — Let me pray you to say 
whether you told vour name, and your means oi gaining admis- 
sion into the Park — if so, diey mzrdy would not have detained 
you !" 

** Oh, my lord," said the boy, ^ I took care not to tell them the 
name of the friend tiiat let me in ; and as to my father — I would 
not he knew where I now am for all the wealth in London !" 

** But yon do not expect," said Nigd, '< that they will dismiss 
you, till you let them know who and what you are r' 

^ What good will it do them to keep so useless a creature as 
myself !" said the boy ; ** they must let me go, were it but out 
of shame." 

<' Do not trust to that — tell me your name and station — I will 
communicate them to the Lieutenant — he is a- man of quality and 
honoux^ and will not only be willing to procure your liberation, 
but also, I have no doubt, will intercede with your father. I am 
partly answerable for such poor aid as I can afford, to get you 
out of this embarrassment, since I occasioned the alarm owing to 
which you were arrested; so tell me your name, and your father's 
name." 

'* My name to yoti ? Ohj never, never !" answered the boy, in 
a tone of deep emotion, the cause of which Nigel could not com- 
prehend. ^ 

^ Are you so much afraid of me, young man," he replied, ^ be* 
cause I am here accused and a prisoner ? Consider^ a man may 
be both, and deserve neither' suspicion nor restraint. Whv 
should vou distrust me ! You seem friendless, and I am mysen 
so much in the same circumstances, that I cannot but pity your 
situation when I reflect on my own. Be wise ; I have spokm 
kindly to you — I mean as kindly as I speak." 

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** Tell IDA iiotiiiiig, my young friend, excepting what may i 
ue in being useM to you/' said Nigel. 

** Yon are generous, my lord," said the boy ; ** and T am sure 
— Oh, sure, I might safely trust to your honour — But yet — bi;ut 
yet — I am so sore beset — I have been so rash, so unguiurded-* 
I can nerer tell you of my folly. Besides, I have abeady told 
too mndi to one whose heart I thou^t I had moved — yet I find 
myself here." 

^ To whom did you make this disclosure V* said Nigel. 

^ I dare not tell," replied the youth* 

^ There is something singuhir about you, my yonng friend,*' 
■aid Lord Glenvarloch, withdrawing with a gentle degree of com- 
pulraon the hand with which the boy had again covered his eyes ; 
^ do not pain yourself with thinking on your situation jiist at 
present — your pulse is high, and your hand feverish — lay your- 
self on yonder pallet, and try to compose yourself to sleep. liis 
the readiest and best remedy for the fancies witl^ which you are 
worrying yourself.** 

^ I tlumk you for your considerate kindness, my lord," said 
the boy ; *^ with your leave I will remain for a Uttle space quiet 
in this chair — I am better thus than on the couch. I can think 
undisturbedly on what I have done, and have still to do ; and if 
God sends slumber to a creature so exhausted, it shall be most 
■welcome.*' 

So saying, tiie boy drew his hand from Lord Nigel's, and, 
drawing around him and partly over his face the folds of his 
ample cloak, he resigned himself to sleep or meditation, while his 
companion, notwithstanding the exhausting scenes of this and 
the preceding day, continued his pensive walk up and down the 
apartment 

Every reader has experienced, that times occur, when, far from 
being lords of external circumstances, man is unable to rule even 
the wayward realm, of his own thoughts. It was Nigel's natural 
vnah to consider his own situation coolly, and fix on the course 
which it became him as a man of sense and courage to adopt ; 
and yet, in spite of himself, and notwithstanding the deep inte- 
rest of the critical state in which he was placed, it did so happen 
that his fellow-prisoner*s situation occupied more of his thoughts 
than did his own. There was no accounting for this wandenng 
of the unagination, but also there was no striving with it The 
pleading tones of one of the sweetest voices he had ever heard, 
0tiU rung in his ear, though it seemed that sleep had now fettered 
the tongue of the speaker. He drew near on tiptoe U» satisfy 
himself whether it were so. The folds of the cloak hid the lower 
part of his face entirely ; but the bonnet, which had fallen a httle 
afiide, permitted him to see the forehead streaked with blue veins- 
the closed eyes, and the long silken eyelashes. 

^ Poor child,** said Nigel to himself, as he looked on him. 
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t>n thy eyelashes, and thon hast fiurly wept thyself aale^ 
Sorrow is a rough nurse to one so young and delicate as Hioa art 
Peace be to thy slumbers, I wiU not disturb thena. My own 
misfortunes require my attention, and it is to their oonten^lation 
that I must resign myself." ' 

He attempted to do so, but was crossed at every turn by con- 
jectures which intruded themselves as before, and idiich all 
regarded the sleeper rather than himself. He was angry and 
vexed, and expostulated with himself concerning the overweening 
interest which he took in the concerns of one of whom he knew 
nothing, saving that the boy was forced into his company, per- 
haps as a spy, by those to whose custody he was committed — 
but th& speU could not be broken, and the thoughts which he 
«trtiffgled to dismiss, continued to haunt him. 

l£us passed half an hour, or more ; at the conclusion of whidi, 
the harsh sound of tiie revolving bolts was again heard, and the 
voice of the warder announced wat a man desired to speak with 
Lord Glenvarloch. " A man to speak with me, under my present 
circumstances ! — Who can it be !" And John Christie, his 
landlord of Paul's Wharf, resolved his doubts, by entering the 
apartment ** Welcome — most welcome, mine honest landlord !" 
said Lord Glenvarloch. " How could 1 have dreamt of seeing 
you in my present close lodgings !" And at the same time, with 
the frankness of old kindness, he walked up to Christie, and 
offered his hand ; but John started back as from l^e look of a 
basilisk. 

^ Keep your courtesies to yourself, my lord," said he, gruffly ; 
** I have had as numy of them already as may serve me for my 
life." 

^ Why, Master Christie," said Nigel, << what means tibis ! I 
trust I have not offended you." 

** Ask me no questions, my lord," said Christie, bluntly. • 1 
am a man of peace — I came not hither to wrangle with yon at 
this place and season. Just suppose that I am well informed of 
all the obligements from your honour's nobleness, and then 
acquaint me, in as few words as may be, where is the unhi^>py 
woman — What have you done with her I" 

"What have T done with her!" said Lord Glenvarloch — 
** Done with whom ? I know not what yon are speaking of." 

** Oh, yes, my lord," said Christie ; " play surpise as well as 
you will, you must have some guess that I am speaking of tbe 
poor fool that was my wife, till she became your lordship's li^t- 
o'-love." 

** Your wife ! Has your wife left you ! and, if she has, do yoa 
come to ask her of me !" 

** Yes, my lord ; singular as it may seem," returned Christie, in 
a tone of bitter irony, and with a sort of grin widely disoordioff 
from the discomposure of his features, the gleam of his eye, and 
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demand of your lordship. Doubtless, yon are surprised I should 
take the trouble; but, I cannot tell^ great men and little men 
think differently. She has lain in my bosom, and drunk of my 
cup; and, such as she is, I cannot forget that — though I ^ill 
never see lier again — she must not starve, my lord, or do worse, 
to gain bread, though I reckon your lordship, mav think I am 
robDisg the public in trying to change her courses.*' 

" By my faith as a Christian, by my honour as a eentleman," 
said Lord Glenvarlooh, <' if aught amiss has chanced with your 
wife, I know nothing of it I trust in Heaven you are as much 
mistaken in imputmg guilt to her, as in supposing me her 
partner in it" 

** Fie i fie ! my lord," said Christie, ** why will you make^it so 
tough ! She is but the wife of a dod-pated old chandler, who 
was idiot enough to marry a wench twenty years youneer than 
himself. Your lordship cannot have more glory by it uian you 
have had already ; and, as for advantage and sohioe, I take it 
Dame Nelly is now unnecessary to your gratification. I should 
be sorry to interrupt the course of your pleasure'; an old wittol 
should have more consideration of his condition. But, your 
precious lordship beine mewed up here among other choice 
jewels of the kingdom. Dame Nelly cannot, I take it, be admitted 

to share the hours of dalliance which " Here the incensed 

husband stammered, broke off his tone of irony, and proceeded, 
striking his staff against the ground — ^ Oh that these false limbs 
of yours, which J iinsh had been hamstrung when they first crossed 
my honest threshold, were free from the fetters they have well 
deserved ! I would give you the odds oi your youth, and your 
weapon, and would bequeath my soul to the foul fiend if I, with 
this piece of oak, did not make you such an example to aJl un- 
grateful, pick-thank courtiers, that it should be a proverb to the 
end of time, how John Christie swaddled his wife's fine leman V* 

« I understand not your insolence," said Nigel, " but I forgive 
it, because yon labour under some strange delusion. In so far 
as I can comprehend your vehement charge, it is entirely un- 
deserved on my part You seem to impute to me the seduction 
of your' wife — X trust she is innocent. For me, at least, she is 
as innocent as an angel in bliss. I never thought of her — never 
touched her hand or cheek, save in honourable courtesv." 

** Oh, ay — courtesy I — that is the very word. She always 
praised your lordship's honourable courtesy. Ye have cozened 
me between ye, with your courtesy. My lord — my lord, you 
came to us no very wealthy man — you know it It was for no 
lucre of gain I took you and your swash-buckler, vour Don Diego 
yonder, under my poor roof. I never cared ii the little room 
' were let or no ; I could live without it If you could not have 
paid for it, you should never have been asked. All the wharf 
knows John Christie has the means and spirit to do a kindness. 
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a man need to be, ^o is no youngster, and has the rheomatism. 
Nelly was the kindest and best-faumonred wench — we migfat 
have a word now and then about a gown or a ribbon^ but a 
kinder snul on the whole, and a more careful, considerix^ her 

years, tOl yon came — and what is she now ! But I wiU not 

be a fool to cry, if I can help it. Wkalt die is, is not the ques- 
tion, but where die is ; and that I must learn, sir, of yon." 

** How can you, when I tell you," replied Nigel, *• that I am as 
ignorant as yourself, or rather much more sot TiH Ibis 
moment, I never heard of any disagreement betwixt your dame 
and you.** 

** That is a lie," ssud John Christie, bluntly. 

**How, you base lalUun !" said Lord Glenvarloch — "do you 
presume on my situation ! If it were not that 1 hold you mad, 
and perhaps made so by some wrong sustained, you should find 
my being weaponless were no prot^on. I would beat your 
brains out against the wall." 

** Ay, ay," answered Christie, ** bully as ye list Ye have been 
at the ordinaries, and in Alsatia, and learned the ruffian's rant, 
I doubt not. But I repeat, you have spoken an untrulh, when 
you said you knew not of my wife's falsehood ; for, when you 
were twitted with it among your gay mates, it was a common 
jest among you, and your lordship took all the credit they would 
give you for your gallantnr and gratitude." 

There was a mixture of truth m this part of the charge, ynhixAk 
disconcerted Lord Glenvarloch exceedingly ; for he could not, as 
a man of honour, deny that Lord Dalgamo, and others, had 
occasionally jested with him on the subject of Dame Nelly, and 
that, though ne had not played exactly le fanfaron des mees qu^U 
n'avoitpcUf he had not at least been sufficiently anxious to clear 
himself of the suspicion of such a crime to men who considered 
it as a merit. It was therefore with some hesitation, and in a 
Sort of qualifying tone, that he admitted that some idle jests had 
passed upon such a supposition, althou^ without the least founda- 
tidn in truth. John Christie would not listen to his vindication 
any longer. * By your own account," he said, " you permitted 
lies to be told of you in jest. How do I know you are speaking 
truth, now you are serious ? You thought it, I suppose, a fine 
thing to wear the reputation of having dishonoured an honest 
family, — who will not ^ink that you had real grounds for your 
base bravado to rest upon 1 I will not believe otherwise for one, 
and therefore, ray lord, mark what 1 have to say. You are now 
yourself in trouble — As you hope to come through it safely, and 
without loss of life and property, tell me where this unhappy 
woman is. Tell me, if you hope for heaven — tell me, if yoa 
fear hell — tell me, as you would not have the curse of an utterly 
ruined woman, and a brokenhearted man, attend you throng 
lifb, and bear witness against yon at the Great Day, which shall 
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forget the wrong yon have done me. I cannot even promise to 
forgive it — but — tell me, and you shall never see me again, or 
hear more of my reproaches." 

^ Unfortunate man," said Lord Glenvarloch, <* you have said 
more, far more than enough, to move me deeply. Were I at 
' liberty, I would lend you my best aid to search out him who has 
wronged you, the rather that I do suspect my having been your 
lodger has been in some degree the remote cause of bringing the 
spoiler into the sheepfold." 

« I am glad your lordship grants me so much," said John 
Christie, resuming the tone of imbittered irony with which he had 
opened the singular conversation ; " I will spare you fiirther 
reproach and remonstrance — your mind is made up, and so is 
mine. — So, ho, warder !" The warder entered, and John went 
on, — ** I want to get out, brother. Look well to your charge — 
it were better that half the wild beasts in their dens yonder were 
turned loose upon Tower-Hill, than that this same smooth* 
faced, civil-spoken gentleman, were again returned to honest 
men's company." 

So saying, he hastily left the apartment ; and Nigel had full 
leisure to lament the waywardness of his fate, which seemed Mevet 
to tire of persecuting him for crimes of wUch he was innocent, 
and investing him with the appearances of guilt which his mind 
abhorred. He could not, however, help acknowledging to him- 
self, that aH the pain which he might sustain from the present 
accusation of John Christie^ was so far deserved, from his having 
suffered himself, out of vanity, or rather an unwillingness to 
encounter ridicule, to be supposed capable of a base inhospitable 
crime, merely because fools called it an affair of gallantry ; and it 
was no balsam to the wound, when he reooUeoted what Richie 
had told him of his having been ridiculed behind his back by 
the gallants of the ordinary, for affecting the reputation of an 
intrigue which he had not in reality spirit enough to have 
carried on. His simulation had, in a word, placed him in the 
unlucky predicament of being raUied as a braggart amongst 
the dissipated youths, with whom the reality of the amour wo^d 
have given him credit ; whilst, on the other hand, he was branded 
as an inhospitable seducer b^ the injured husband, who was 
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CHAPTER XXIX. 

How ftres the man on whom good mm would look 
With eyes where KOTn and ceniure combated. 
Bat that kind Chriatian love hath taught the leiioo<» 
That they who merit most contempt and hate. 

Do most deserre our pity. 

Old Flap. 

It might hare seemed natural that the visit of J(An Christie 
should have entirely diverted NigeFs attention from his slmnher- 
ing companion, and, for a time, such was the immediate effect of 
the chain of new ideas which ^e incident introduced ; yet^ soon 
after the injured man had departed, Lord Glenvarloch began to 
think it extraordinary that the boy should have slept so soundly, 
while they talked loudly in his vicinity. Yet he certainly did 
not appear to have stirred.. Was he well — was he only feigning 
sleep. He went close to him to make his observations, and per* 
ceived that he had wept, and was still weeping, though his eyes 
were closed. He touched him gently on the shoulder — the boy 
shrunk from his touch, but did not awake. He pulled him 
l|arder, and asked him if he was sleeping. 

^ Do they waken folks in your country to know whetiier they 
are asleep or no V* said the boy, in a peevish tone. 

" No, my young sir," answered Nigel ; ** but when they weep 
in the manner you do in your sleep, they awaken them to see 
what ails them." 

** H signifies little to any one what ails me," said the boy. 

" True," replied Lord Glenvarloch ; " but you knew before you 
went tb deep how Uttle I could assist you in yoiir difficulties, and 
^ou seemed disposed, notwithstanding, to put some confidence 
m me." 

<< If I did, I have changed my mind," said the lad. 

** And what may have occasioned this change of mind, I trow !" 
said Lord Glenvarloch. — '^ Some men speak through their sleep 
— perhaps you have the gift of hearing in it !" 

^ No, but the Patriarch Joseph never dreamt truer dreams 
than I do." 

« Indeed I" said Lord Glenvarloch. " And, pray,, what dream 
have you had that has deprived me of your good opinion ; for 
that, I think, seems the moral of the matter !" 

*' You shall judge yourself," answered the boy. ^ I dreamed 
I was in a wild forest, where there was a cry of hounds, and 
winding of horns, exactly as I heard in Greenwich Park." 

** That was because you were in the Park this morning, yoa 
simple child," said Nigel. 

« Stay, my lord," said the youth. « I went on in my dream, 
till, at the top of a broad green alley, I saw a noble stag which 
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Tery stag which the whole party were hunting, and that if the 
chase came up, the dogs would tear him to pieces, or the hunterr 
would cut his throat ; and I had pity on the gallant stae, and 
though I was of a different kind &om him, and though I was 
somewhat afraid of him, I thought J would venture something to 
free so stately a creature ; and I pulled out my knife, and just as 
I was beginning to cut the meshes of the net, the animal started 
up in my face in the likeness of a tiger, much larger and fiercer 
than any you may hare seen in the ward of the mid beasts yon- 
der, and was just about to tear me limb from limb, when you 
awaked me." 

'' Meihinks," said Nigel, ^ I deserve more thanks than I have 
got, for rescuing you from such a danger by waking you. But, 
my pretty master, methinks all this tale of a tiger and a stag has 
little to do with your change of temper towards me.'' 

^ I know not whether it has or no," said tiie hid ; ^ but I will 
not tell you who I am." 

" You will keep your secret to yourself then, peevish boy," said 
Nigel, turning from him, and resuming his walk through the 
room; then stopping suddenly, he said, — '^And yet you shall 
not escape from me without knowing that I penetrate your 
mystery." 

** My mystery 1" said the yonth, at once alarmed and irritated^ 
— ** what mean you, my lord !" 

** Only that I can read your dream without the assistance of a 
Chaldean interpreter, and my exposition is — that my fair com- 
panion does not wear the dress of her sex." 

" And if I do not, my lord," said his companion, hastily starting 
up, and folding her cloak tight around her, " my dress, such as it 
is, covers one who will not disgrace it." 

** Many would call that spiech a fair challenge," said Lord 
Glenvarloch, looking on her fixedly ; <' women do not masquerade 
in men's clothes, to make use of men's weapons." 

'* I have no such purpose," said the seeming boy ; ** I have 
other means of protection, and powerful — but J would first know 
what is your purpose." 

^ An honourable and a most respectful one," said Lord Glen- 
varloch ; ^whatever you are — whatever motive may have 
brought you into this ambiguous situation, I am sensible — every 
look, word, and action of yours, makes me sensible — that you 
are no proper subject of importunity, far less of ill usage. What 
circumstances can have forced you into so doubtful a situation, I 
know not ; but I feel assured tibere is, and can be, nothing in 
them of premeditated wrong, which should expose you to cold- 
blooded insult. From me you have nothing to dread." 

** I expected nothing less from your nobleness, my lord," an- 
swered the female. ** My adventure, though I feel it was both 
desperate and foolish, is not so very foolish, nor my safety here 
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it may appear to be. I have suffered enoagfa, and more tliaa 
enou^, by the degradation of haying been seen in this nnfemi- 
nine attire, and the comments you must necessarily have made 
on my conduct — but I thank God that X am so ur protected, 
that I could not have been subjected to insult unavenged." 

When this extraordinary explanation had proceed^ tfaos &r, 
the warder appeared, to place before Lord Glenvarioch a meal 
which, for his present situation, might be called comfortable, and 
which, if not equal to the cookery of the celebrated Chevalier 
Beaujeu, was much superior in neatness and cleanliness to that of 
Alsatia. A warder attended to do the honours of the table, and 
made a mgn to the disguised female to rise and assist him in fais 
functions. But Nigel decku?ed that he knew the youth^s parents, 
interfered, and caui^ his companion to eat along with him. She 
consented widi a sort of embarrassment, which rendered heat 
pretty fSeatures yet more interesting. Yet she maintained with a 
natcural grace that sort of good-breeding which belongs to the 
table ; and it seemed to Nigel, whether a&eady prejudi<^ in her 
favour by the extraordinary drcumstances of their meeting, or 
whether really judging from what was actually the &ct, that he 
had seldom seen a young person comport herself with niore 
decorous proprietyj mixed with ingenuous dnqplicity ; while the 
consciousness of the peculiarity of ner situation threw a singular 
colouring over her whole demeanour, which could be neitiier 
said to l^ formal, nor easy, nor embarrassed, but was compounded 
of, and shaded with, an interchange of all these three character- 
istics. Wine was placed on the table, of which she could not be 
prevailed on to taste a glass. Their conversation was, of course, 
limited by the presence of the warder to the business of the table ; 
but Nigel had, long ere the cloth was removed, formed the resolu- 
tion, if possible, of makine himself master of this young person's 
history, the more especiiJlv as he now began to think that the 
tones of her voice and her features were not so strange to him as 
he had originally supposed. This, however, was a conviction 
which he adopted slowly, and only as it dawned upon him from 
particular circumstances during the course of the repast 

At length the prison-meal was finished, and Lord Glenvarlodi 
began to think how he might most easily enter upon the topic he 
meditated, when the warder announced a visiter. 

^ Soh !" said Nieel, something displeased, ''I find even a prison 
does not save one from importunate vidtations." 

He prepared to receive his guest, however, while his aUrmed 
companion flew to the large cntdle-shaped chair which had first 
served her as a place of refuge, drew her cloak around her, and 
disposed herself as much as she could to avoid observation. She 
had scarce made her arrangements for that purpose when the door 
opened, and the worthy citizen, George Heriot, entered the prison- 
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obaenrfttioii, and, sdTanoing to Nigel, said — ** My lord, I wish C 
ooiikl flay I was happy to see yon.*' 

^ l%e sight of those who are unhappy themselves. Master Herioty 
addom pi^uces happiness to their mends — I, however, am glad 
to see you." 

He extended his hand, but H^ot bowed with much formal 
complaisance, instead of accepting the courtesy, which in thoae 
timesy when the distinction of ranks was much guarded by 
etiquette and ceremony, was considered as a distinguished 
fikTour. 

. ^'Yoa are displeased with me, Majster Heriot,'* said Lord 
Gknvarloch, reddening, for he was not deceived by the worthy 
citizen's affectation of extreme reverence and respect. 

** By no means, my lord," replied Heriot ; "but I have been in 
France, and have thought it as well to import, along with other 
more substantial articles, a small sample of that gw>d-breeding 
which the French are so renowned for." 

" It is not kind of you," said Nigel, *' to bestow the first use of 
it on an old and obliged friend." 

Heriot only answered to this observation with a short dry 
cough, and then proceeded. 

" Hem ! hem ! I say, ahem I My lord, as my French politeness 
may not carry me far, I would ^nllingly know whether I am to 
sp^Ekk as a friend, since your lordship is pleased to term me such ; 
or whether I am, as befits my condition, to confine myself to the 
needful business which must be treated of between us." 

** Speak as a friend by all means, Master Heriot," said Nigel ; 
** I perceive you have adopted some of the numerous preju<Sees 
against me, if not all of them. Speak out, and frankly — what I 
Cannot deny I will at least confess." 

** And I trust, my lord, redress," said H^ot. 

^ So far as is in my power, certainly," answered Nigel. 

^ Ah ! my lord," continued Heriot, "Ihat is a melancholy, tiiough 
a necessary restriction ; for how lightiy may any one do an hun- 
dred times more than the degree ef evil which it may be within 
his power to repair to the sufferers and to society ! But we are 
no'' alone here," he said, stopping, and darting his shrewd eye 
towards the muffled figure of tiie disguised maiden, whose utmost 
efforts had not enabled her so to adjust her position as alto- 
gether to escape observation. More anxious to prevent her being 
discovered than to keep his own affairs private, Nigel hastily 
answered — 

^ Tis a page of mine ; you may speak freely before him. He 
is of France, and knows no English.^' 

^ I am then to speak freely," said Heriot, after a second 
g- g^ce at the chair ; " perhaps my words may be more free than 
welcome." 

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' ^ In one word, then, my lord — why do I find yon m this place, 
and whehned with cliarges which must blacken a name renderod 
fjitmous by ages of virtue V* 

" Simply wen, you find me here/' said Nigel, ^ because, to 
begin from my original error, I would be wiser than my father.** 

<' It was a difficult task, my lord," replied Heriot ; ^your father 
was voiced generally as the wisest and one of the bravest men of 
Soothmd." 

^ He commanded me," continued Nigel, '< to avoid all gambling 
and I took upon me to modify this injunction into regiSating my 
pky according to my skill, means, and the course of my luck." 

** Ay, self-opinion, acting on a desire of acquisition, mjr lora — 
you hoped to touch pitch and not to be defiled," answered Heriot. 
* Well, my lord, you need not say, for I have heard with mudi 
regret, how far this conduct diminished your reputation. Your 
next error I may without scruple remind you of — My lord, my 
lord, in whatever degree Lord Dalgamo may have failed towards 
you, the son of his fiither should have been sacred from your 
violence." 

** You speak in cold blood. Master Heriot, and I was smart- 
ing under a thousand wrongs inflicted on me under the mask of 
friendship." 

. " That is, he gave your lordship bad advice, and you," said 
Heriot 

** Was fool enough to follow his counsel," answered Nigel — ** But 
we will pass this. Master Heriot, if you please. Old men and 
young n\en, men of the sword and men of peaceful occupation, 
always have thought, always will think, differently on sudi sub- 
jects." 

^ I grant," answered Heriot, ^ the distinction between the old 
goldsmith and the young nobleman — still you should have had 
patience for Lord Huntinglen's sake, and prudence for your own. 
Supposing your quarrel just " 

^I pray you to pass on to some other charge," said Lord 
Glenvarloch. 

" I am not your accuser, my lord ; but I trust in Heaven, that 
your own heart has already accused you bitterly on the inhos- 
pitable wrong which your late landlord has sustained at yoor 
hand." 

" Had I been guilty of what you allude to," said Lord Glen- 
varloch, — " had a moment of temptation hurried me away, I had 
long ere now most'bitterly repented it. But whoever may have 
wronged the unhappy woman, it was not I — I never heard of 
her folly until within this hour." 

** Come, my lord," said Heriot, with some severity, ** this sounds 
too much like aflectation. I know there is among our modem 
youth a new creed respecting adultery as weU as nomioide — I 
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rather bear you do this, than deny a fact in which you have been 
known to glory.** 

^ Glory ! — I never did, never would have taken honour to 
myself firom such a cause/' said Lord Glenvarloch. ^ I could not 
prevent other idle tongues, and idle brains, from making &lBe 
inferences." 

^ You would have known well enough how to stop their mouths, 
my lord,** replied Heriot, " had they spoke of you what was im- 
pleasing to your ears, and what the trutii did not warrant. — Come, 
my k)rd, remember your promise to confess ; and, indeed, to 
confess is, in this case, in some slisht sort to redress. I will grant 
you are young — the woman handsome — ^and, as I myself have 
observed, lightheaded enough. Let me know where she is. Her 
foolish husband has still some compassion for her — will save her 
from infamy — perhaps, in time, receive her back ; for we are a 
good-natured generation we traders. Do not, my lord, emulate 
those who work mischief merely for the pleasure of doing so — it 
is the very devil's worst quality.** 

^ Your grave remonstrances will drive me mad,** said NigeL 
** There is a show of sense and reason in what you say ; and yet 
it is positively insisting on my telUng the retreat of a fiigitive of 
whom 1 know notliing earthly.'* 

" It is well, my lord,** answered Heriot, coldly. " You have a 
right, such as it is, to keep your own secrets ; but, since my dis- 
course on these points seems so totally unavailing, we had better 
proceed to business. Yet your father's image rises before me, 
and seems to plead that I should go on.** 

<< Be it as you will, sir,** said Glenvarloch ; *' he who doubts 
my word shall have no additional security for it** 

** Well, my lord. — In the Sanctuary at Whitefriars — a place 
of refuge so unsuitable to a young man of quality and character 
— I am told a murder was committed." 

^ And you believe that I did the deed, I suppose !** 

" Grod forbid, my lord I** said Heriot. " The coroner's inquest 
hath sat, and it appeared that your lordship, under your assumed 
name of Grahame, behaved with the utmost bravery." 

<< No compliment, I pray you,** said Nigel ; ^ I am only too 
happy to find that I did not murder, or am not believed to have 
murdered, the old man.'* 

^ True, my lord,** said Heriot ; ^< but even in this affair there 
lacks explanation. Your lordship embarked this morning in a 
wherry with a female, and, it is said, an immense sum of money, 
in specie and other valuables — but the woman has not since 
been heard of." 

«* I parted with her at Paul*s Wharf," said Nigel, « where she 
went ashore with her charge. I gave her a letter to that yety 
man, John Christie.** 

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<< I am sorry to hear this," said the yoong noblenun; " I hops 
!n Heaven she has not been trepanned, for the treasure she had 
with her.*' 

'^ I hope not, my lord," replied Heriot ; ^ but men's minds are 
much disturbed about it. Our national character suffers on all 
hands. Men remember the fatal case of Lord Sanquhar, hanged 
for the murder of a fencing-maBter ; and exclaim, they will not 
have their wives whored, and their property stolen, by the nobili^ 
of Scotland." 

^ And all this is laid to my door !" said Nigel. ^ My exculpa- 
tion is easy." 

** I trust so, my brd," said Heriot ; — ** nay^ this particuhur, 
I do not doubt it,— But why did you leave Whitefruus under 
such circumstances !" 

^ Ma3ter Rennald Lowestoffe sent a boat for me, with intima- 
tion to provide Tor my safety." 

^ I am sorry to say," replied Heiiot, ^ that ha denies aU know- 
ledge of your lordship's motions, after having despatched a mes- 
senger to you with some baggage." 

^ The watermen told me they were employed by him." 

** Watermen !" said Heriot ; " one of these proves to be an 
idle apprentice, an old acquaintance of mine — the other has 
escaped ; but ike fellow who is in custody persists in saying be 
was employed by your lordship, and you only." 

<< He lies!" said Lord Glenvarlocm, hastily;— ^ He told me. 
Master Lowestoffe had sent him. — I hope that kind-hearted 
gentleman is at liberty !" 

<< He is," answered Heriot ; ^ and has escaped with a rebuke 
from the benchers, for interfering in such a matter as your lord- 
ship's. The Court desire to keep well with the young TempUrs 
in these times of commotion, or he had not come off so welL" 

" That IS the only word of comfort I have heard from you," 
replied NigeL ''But this poor woman, — she and her trunk 
were committed to the charge of two porterq.'^ 

" So said the pretended waterman ; but none of the fellows 
who ply at the wharf will acknowledge the employment. — I see 
the idea makes you uneasy^ my lord ; but every effort is made to 
discover the poor woman's place of retreat — if, indeed, she yet 
lives. — And now, my lord, my errand is spoken, so fu as it 
relates exclusively to your lorddiip ; what remains, is matter of 
business of a more formal kind." 

'^ Let us proceed to it without delay," said Lord Glenvarloch. 
** I would hear of the affairs of any one rather than of my own." 

''You cannot have forgotten, my lord," said Heriot, "the 
transaction which took place some weeks since at Lord Huntin- 
glen's — by which a large sum of money waa advanced for the 
redemption of your lor<&hip's estate 1" 

" I remember it perfectly," said Nigel ; " and your present 
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Heriot bowed gravely, and went on. — ^ That ^oney was ad* 
▼anoed under the expectation and hope, that it might be replaced 
by the contents of a grant to your lorddiip, under the royal sign- 
manual, in payment of certain moneys due by the crown to your 
father.*-— I trust your lordship understood the transaction at tbe( 
time — I trust you now understand my resumption of its import, 
and hold it to be correct f ** 

^ Undeniably correct," answered Lord Glenvarloch. ** If the 
sums contained in the warrant cannot be recorered, my lands be^ 
come the property of those who paid off the original holders of 
the mortgage, and now stand in &eir right." 

^ Even so, my lord," said Heriot ^ And your lordship's un- 
happy drcumstances having, it would seem, alarmed these credi- 
tors, they are now, I am sorry to say, pressing for one or otiier 
dT ^ese alternatives — possession of lAie hmd, or payment of their 
debt." 

** They have a right to one or other," answered Lord Glenvar- 
lodi ; ^ and as I cannot do the last in my present condition, I 
suppose they must enter on possession." 

** Stay, my lord," replied Heriot ; ^ if you have ceased to call 
me a finend to your person, at least you shall see I am willing to 
be such to your father's house, were it but for the sake of your 
father's memory. If you will trust me with the warrant under 
the sign-manual, I believe circumstances do now so stand at 
Court, that I may be able to recover the money for you." 

^ I would do so gladlv," said Lord Glenvarlocn, '^ but the 
casket which contains it is not in my possession. It was seized 
when I was arrested at Ghreenwich." 

^ It will be no longer withheld from you," said Heriot ; " for, 
I understand, my Master's natural good sense, and some infor- 
mation which he has procured, I know not how, has induced him 
to contradict the whole charge of the attempt on his person. It 
is entirely hushed up ; and you will only be proceeded against 
for your violence on Lord Dalgamo, committea within the verge 
of the Palace — and that you will find heavy enoueh to answer." 

^ I will not eAirink under ihe weight," said Lord Glenvarloch. 
«* But that is not the present point — If I had that casket " 

^ Your baggage stood in the little anteroom, as I passed," said 
the citizen ; ** the casket caiwht my eye. I think you had it of 
me. — It was my old friend Sir Faithful Fmgal's. Ay ; he, too, 
had a son ** 

Hare he stopped short 

^A son who, like Lord Glenvarloch's, did no credit to his 
fathw. — Was it not so you would have ended the sentence. Mas- 
ter Heriot f" said the young nobleman. 

^ My lord, it was a word spoken rashly," answered Heriot 
* God may mend all in his own good time. This, However, I will 
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death has removed the head, so many rich men's son's pennilefls, 
the heirs of so many knights and nobles acreless, that I think 
mine own estate and memory, as I shall order it, has a £ur chance 
of outliTing those of greater men, though God has given me no 
heir of my name. But this is from the purpose. — Ho ! warder, 
bring in Lord Glenvarloch's baggage." The officer obeyed. 
Seals had been placed upon the trunk and casket, but were now 
removed, the warder said, in consequence of the subsequent 
orders from Court, and the whole was placed at the prison^'s 
free disposal. ' 

Desirous to bring this punful visit to a conclusion. Lord Glen- 
varloch opened the casket, and looked through the papers which 
it contained, first hastily, and then more slowly and accurately ; 
but it was all in vain. The Sovereign's signed warrant had dis- 
i^peared. 

" I thought and expected nothing better," said George Heriot 
bitterly. <*The beginning of evil ia the letting out of water. 
Here is a fair heritage lost, I dare say, on a foul cast at dice, or 
a conjuring trick at cards I — My lord, your surprise is well 
played. I give you full joy of your accomplishments/ I have 
seen many as young brawlers and spendtiirifts, but never so 
young and accomplished a dissembler. — Nay, man, never bend 
your angry brows on me. I speak in bitterness of heart, from 
what I remember of your wormy father ; and if his son hears of 
his degeneracy from no one else, he shaJl hear it from the M 
goldsmith." 

This new suspicion drove Nigel to the very extremity of his 
patience ; yet the motives and ^al of the good old man, as well 
as the circumstances of suspicion which created liis displeasure, 
were so excellent an excuse for it, that they formed an absolute 
curb on the resentment of Lord Glenvarloch, and constrained 
him, after two or three hasty exclamations, to observe a proud 
and sullen silence. At length. Master Heriot resumed his 
lecture. 

^ Hark you, my lord," he said, " it is scarce possible that this 
most important paper can be absolutely assigned away. Let me 
know in what obscure comer, and for what petty sum, it lies 
pledged — something may yet be done." 

"Your efforts in my favour are the more generous," said 
Lord Glenvarloch, '^ as you offer them to one whom you believe 
you have cause to think hardly of — but they are altogether una- 
vailing. Fortune has taken the field against me at every point. 
Even let her win the battle." 

" Zouns !" exclaimed Heriot, impatiently, — " you would make 
a saint swear ! Why, I tell you, if this paper, the loss of whieii 
seems to sit so light on you, be not found, farewell to the €ur 
lordship of Glenvarloch — firth and forest — lea and furrows- 
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** Farewell to them, then," said Nigel, — *^and that moan is 
■con made.*' ' 

^ 'Sdeatb ! my lord, you will make more moan for it ere yon 
die," siud Heriot, in the same tone of angry impatience. 

** Not 1, my old Mend," said Nigel. " If I mourn. Master 
Heriot, it will be for having lost the good opinion of a worthy 
man, and lost it, as I must say, most undeservedly." 

^ Ay, ay, young man," said Heriot, shaking his head, ** make 
me beUeve that, S you can. — To sum the matter up," he said, 
rising from Ins seat, and walking towards that occupied by the 
disgmsed female, *^for our matters are now drawn into small 
eompaas, you shall as soon make me betieve that this masque- 
rading mummer, on whom I now lay the hand of paternal autho- 
rity, is a French page, who understands no Engli^." 

So saying, he took hold of the supposed page's cloak, and, not 
without some gentle degree of violence, led into the middle of the 
apartment the disguised fair one, who in vain attempted to cover 
her face, first with her mantle, and afterwards with her hands ; 
both which impediments Master Heriot removed, something un- 
ceremoniously, and gave to view the detected daughter of the 
old chronologist, his own fair god-daughter, Margaret Ramsay. 

^ Here is goodly gear !" he said ; and, as he spoke, he could 
aot prevent himself from giving her a slight shake, for we have 
elsewhere noticed that he was a severe disciplinarian. — " How 
comes it, minion, that I find you in so shameless a dress, and so 
unworthy a situation ? Nay, your modesty is now mistimed — it 
should have come sooner. Speak, or 1 will " 

** Master Heriot," said Lord Glenvarloch, ** whatever right you 
may have over this maiden elsewhere, while in my apartment she 
Is under my protection." 

" Your protection, my lord ! — a proper protector ! — And how 
long, mistress, have you been under my lord's protection 1 Speak 
out, forsooth." 

"For the matter of two hours, godfather," answered the 
maiden, with a countenance bent to the ground, and covered 
with blushes, " but it was against my will.'<^ 

** Two hours !" repeated Heriot, — " space enough for mischief. 
— My lord, this is, I suppose, another victim offered to your 
character of gallantry — another adventure to be boasted of at 
Beaujeu's ordinary 1 Methinks, the roof under which you first 
met this silly maiden should have secured her at least from such 
• fate." 

** On my honour. Master Heriot," said Lord Glenvarloch, "you 
remind me now, for the first time, that I saw this young lady in 
your family. Her features are not easily forgotten, and yet I was 
trying in vain to recollect where I had last looked on them. For 
vour suspicions, they are as false as they are injurious both to 
her and me. I had but discovered her disguise as you entered. 
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in this dresB was involuntary ; and Grod forbid that I bad been 
capable of taking advantage of it to her prejudice." 

<< It is well mouthed, my lord," said Master Heriot ; ^ but a 
cunning derk can read the Apocrypha as loud as the Scripture. 
Frankly, my lord, you are come to that pass, where your words 
will not be received without a warrant." 

<'I should not speak, perhaps," said Margaret, the natural 
vivacity of whose temper could never be long suppressed by any 
situation, however disadvantageous, '<but I cannot be silent. 
Grod&ther, you do me wrong — and no less wrong to this young 
nobleman. You say his words want a warrant. I know where 
to find a warrant for some of them, and the rest I deejay and 
devoutly beUeve without one." 

^And I thank you, maiden," replied Nigel, ^for the good 
opinion you have expressed. I am at that point, it seems, though 
how I have been driven to it I know not, where every fair con- 
struction of my actions and motives is refused me. I am the 
more obliged to her who grants me that right which the worid 
denies me. For you, hidy, were I at liberty, I have a> sword and 
arm should know how to guard your reputation." 

•* Upon my word, a perfect Amadis and Oriana !" said Greorge 
Heriot. '^ T should soon get my throat cut betwixt the knight 
and the princess, T suppose, but that the beef-eaters are happily 
within halloo. — Come, come, Lady Light-o'-Love — if you naean 
to make your way with me, it must be by plain facts, not by 
speeches from romaunts and play-books. How, in Heaven's 
name, came you here ?" 

" Sir," answered Margaret, " since I must speak, I went to 
Greenwich this morning with Monna Paula, to present a petition 
to the King on the part of the Lady Hermione." 

^ Mercy-a-gad !" exclaimed Heriot, << is she in the dance, too ! 
Could she not have waited my return to stir in her affairs ! But 
I suppose the intelligence I sent her had. rendered her restless. 
Ah ! woman, woman — he that goes partner with you, had need 
of a double share of patience, for you will bring none into the 
common stock. — Well, but what on earth had this embassy of 
Monna Paula's to do with your absurd disgmse ! Speak out." 

<< Monna Paula was frightened," answered Margaret, ^ and did 
not know how to set about the errand, for you Imow she scarce 
ever goes out of doors — and so — and so — I agreed to go with 
her to give her courage; and, for the dress, I am sure you 
remember I wore it at a Christmas mumming, and you thoi^t 
it not unbeseeming." 

<' Yes, for a Chnstmas parlour," said Heriot, ^ but not to go 
a-masking through the country in. I do remember it, minion^ 
and I knew it even now ; that and your fittle elioe there, linked 
with a hint I had in the morning from a friend, or one wbo 
called himsdf such, led to your detection." — Here Lord Glen- 
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even the staid citizen thought worth recollection — it was bnt a 
glance, for he saw how much the least degree of observation 
added to Margaret's distress and confusion. ''And tell me, 
maiden,'' continued Master Heriot, for what we have observed was 
by-play, — " did the Lady Hemiione know of this fair work !*' 

" I dared not have told her for the world," said Margaret — 
" she thought one of our apprentices went witli Monna Paula." 

It may be here noticed, that the words ''our apprentices," 
seemed to have in them something of a charm to break the 
fascination with which Lord Glenvarloch had hitherto listened to 
the broken, yet interesting details of Margaret's history. 

** And wherefore went he not I — he had been a fitter com- 
panion for Monna Paula than you, I wot," said the citizen. 

'*He was otherwise employed," said Margaret, in a voice 
scarcely audible. 

Master Greorge darted a hasty glance at Nigel, and when he 
saw his features betoken no consciousness, he muttered to him- 
self, — " It must be better than I feared. — And so this cursed 
Spaniard, with her head full, as they all have, of disguises, trap- 
doors, rope-ladders, and masks, was jade and fool enough to take 
you with ker on this wild-goose errand 1 — And how sped you, I 
pray !" 

" Just as we reached the gate of the Park," replied Margaret, 
*^ the cry of treason was raised. I know not what became of 
Monna, but I ran till I fell into the arms of a very decent serving- 
man, called Linklater ; and I was fain to tell bun I was your god- 
daughter, and so he kept the rest of them from me, and got me 
to speech of his Majesty, as I entreated him to do." 

" It is the only sign you shewed in the whole matter that com- 
mon sense had not utterly deserted your little skull," said Heriot. 

" His Majesty," continued the damsel, " was so gracious as to 
receive me alone, though the courtiers cried out against the 
danger to his person, and would have searched me for arms, Grod 
help me, but the King forbade it. I fancy he had a hint from 
Linklater how the truth stood with me." 

"Well, maiden, I ask not what passed," said Heriot; "it 
becomes not me to pry into my Master's secrets. Had you been 
closeted with his grandfather tiie Red Tod of Saint Andrews, as 
Davie Lindsay used to call him, by my faith, I should have had 
my own thoughts of the matter ; but our Master, God bless him, 
is douce and temperate, and Solomon in every thing save in the 
chapter of wives and concubines." 

" I know not what you mean, sir," answered Margaret. " His 
Majesty was most kmd and compassionate, but said I must be 
sent hither, and that the Lieutenant's lady, the Lady Mansel, 
would have a charge of me, and see that I sustained no wrong ; 
and the King promised to send me in a tilted barge, and under 
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*^ But how, or why, in this apartment, nymph 1" said George 
Heriot — ^Expound that to me, for I think the riddle needs 
reading.*' 

'* I cannot explain it, sir, farther than that the Lady Mansd 
sent me here, in spite of my earnest prayers, tears, and entreaties. 
I was not afraid of any thing, for I knew I should be protected. 
But I could have died then — could die now — for very shame 
and confusion." 

" Well, well, if your tears are genuine," said Heriot, " they 
may the sooner wash out the memory of your fault. — Knows 
your father aught of this escape of yours V* 

" I would not for the world he did," replied she ; " he believes 
me witli the Lady Hermione." 

*< Ay, honest Davy can regulate his horologes better than his 
family. Come, damsel, now I will escort you back to the Lady 
Mansel, and pray her, of her kindness, that when she is again 
trusted with a goose, she will not give it to the fox to keep. — The 
warders will let us pass to my lady's lodgings, I trust." 

" Stay but one moment," said Lord Glenvarloch. " Whatever 
hard opinion you may have formed of me, I forgive you, for time 
will shew that you do me wrong ; and you yourself, I think, will 
be the first to regret the injustice you have done me. But involve 
not in your suspicions this young person, for whose purity of 
thought angels themselves should be vouchers ; I have marked 
every look, every gesture, and, whilst I can draw breath, I shall 
ever think of her with " 

" Think not at all of her, my lord,'* answered Greorge Heriot, 
interrupting him ; " it is, I have a notion, the best &vour you 
can do her ; — or think of her as the daughter of Davy Bamsay, 
the clock-maker, no proper subject for fine speeches, romantic 
adventures, or high-flown Arcadian compliments. I give you 
god-den, my lord. T think not altogether so harshly as my speech 
may have spoken. If I can help — that is, if I saw my way 
clearly through this labyrinth — but it avails not talking now. I 
give your lordship god-den. — Here, warder ! Permit us to pass 
to the lady Mansel's apartment" 

The warder said he must have orders from the Lieutenant; 
and as he retired to procure them, the parties remained standing 
near each other, but without speaking, and scarce looking at each 
other save by stealth, a situation which, in two of the party at 
least, was sufficiently embarrassing. The difference of rank, 
though in that age a consideration so serious, could not prevent 
Lord Glenvarlodi from seeing that Margaret Ramsay was one ot 
the prettiest young women he had ever beheld —•from suspecting, 
he could scarce tell why, that he himself was not indifferent to 
her — from feeling assured that he had been the cause of much 
of her present distress — admiration, self-love, and generosi^, 
acting in favour of the same object; and when the yeoman 
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) to the beautiful daughter of the mechanic was marked with 
an expression, which called up in her cheeks as much colour as 
any incident of the eventful day had hitherto excited. She 
returned the courtesy timidly and irresolutely — clung to her god- 
father's arm, and left the apartment, which, dark as it was, had 
never yet appeared so obscure to Nigel, as when the door closed 
behind her. 

CHAPTER XXX. 

Tet though thou shouldst be dragg'd in soora 

To yonder ignominious tree. 
Thou Bbalt not want one faithful Moid 

To share the cruel fates' decree. 

BaQad <//«mmjf Dmotm, 

Mastea Gboboe Hbriot and his ward, as she might justly be 
termed, for his affection to Margaret imposed on him all the cares 
of a guardian, were ushered by the yeoman of the guard to the 
lodging of the Lieutenant, where they found him seated with his 
lady. They were received by both with that decorous civility 
which Master Heriot's character and supposed influence de- 
manded, even at the hand of a punctilious old soldier and courtier 
like Sir Edward Mansel. Lady Mansel received Margaret with 
like courtesy, and informed Master George that she was now only 
her guest, and no longer her prisoner. 

** She is at Uberty," she said, ** to return to her friends under 
your charge — such is his Majesty's pleasure." 

^ I am glad of it, madam," answered Heriot, '^ but only I could 
have wished her freedom had taken place before her foolish inter- 
view with that singular young man ; and I marvel your ladyship 
permitted it." 

** My good Master Heriot," said Sir Edward, ** we act according 
to the commands of one better and wiser than ourselves — our 
orders from his Majesty must be strictly and literally obeyed ; 
and I need not say that the wisdom of his Majesty doth more 
than ensure " 

** I know his Majesty's wisdom weU," said Heriot ; ** yet there 
is an old proverb about fire and flax — well, let it pass." 

<< I see Sir Mungo Malagrowther stalking towards the door of 
the lodging," said the L^y Mansel, ^ with the gait of a lame 
crane — it is his second visit this morning." 

** He brought the warrant for discharging Lord Glenvarloch of 
the charge of treason," said Sir Edward. 

^ And from him," said Heriot, ^ I heard much of what had 
befallen ; for I came from France only late last evening, and 
somewhat unexpectedly." 

As they spoke, Sir Mungo entered the aparment — saluted the 
Lieutenant of the Tower and his lady with ceremonious civility — 
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ment, and accosted Margaret with — ^Hey ! my young charge, 
you have not doffed your raasculme attare yet !" 

'^ She does not mean to lay it aside. Sir Mungo,*' said Heridt, 
speaking loud, ''until she has had satisfaction from you, for 
fc^traying her disguise to me, like a false knight — and in very 
deed. Sir Mungo, I think when you told me she was rambling 
about in so strange a dress, you might have said also that ahe was 
under L£|iy Mansel's protection." 

" That was the King's secret. Master Heriot," said Sir Mungo, 
throwing himself into a chair with an air of atrabilarious impor- 
tance ; *' the other was a weU-meaning hint to yourself as the 
girl's friend." 

" Yes," replied Heriot, ** it was done like yourself — enough 
told to make me unhappy about her — not a word which could 
relieve my uneasiness." 

'^ Sir Mungo will not hear that remark," said <iie lady ; ^ we 
must change the subject. — Is there any news from Coiurt^ Sir 
Mungo 1 you have been to Greenwich )" 

^ You might as well ask me, madam," answered the Knight, 
" whether there is any news from hell." 

" How, Sir Mungo, how !" said Sir Edward, " measure your 
words something better — You speak of the Court of King James.** 

" Sir Edward, if I spoke of the Court of the twelve Kaisers, I 
would say it is as confused for the present as the infernal regions. 
Courtiers of forty years' standing, and such T may write mysdf, 
are as far to seek in the matter as a minnow in ^e Maelstrom. 
Some folks say the King has frowned on the Prince — some that 
the Prince has looked grave on the Duke — some that Lord 
Glenvarloch will be hanged for high treason — and some that 
there is matter against Lord Dalgamo that may cost him as much 
as his head 's worth." 

'^ And what do you, that are a courtier of forty years' standing, 
th^ik of it all V said Sir Edward Mansel. 

" Nay, nay, do not ask him. Sir Edward," said the lady, with 
an expressive look to her husband. 

" Sir Mungo is too witty," addcfd Master Heriot, ** to remember 
that he who says aught that may be repeated to his own preju- 
dice, does but load a piece for any of the company to shoot him 
dead with at their pleasure and convenience." 

« What !" said the bold knight, " you think T am afraid of tin 
trepan ? Why now, what if I should say that Dalgamo has more 
wit than honesty, — tiie Duke more sail than ballast, — tiie Prince 

more pride than prudence, — and that the King " The Lady 

Mansel held up her linger in a warning manner — ''that tibe 
King is my very good master, who has given me, for forty yeaan 
and more, dog's wages, videlicet, bones aad beating. — Why now, 
all t^ is said, and Archie Armstrong* says worse than this ol 
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** The more fool he," said Greorge Heriot ; " yet he is not so 
utterly wrong, for folly is his best wisdom. But do not you. 
Sir Mungo, set your wit against a fool's, though he be a court 

** A fool, said you V* replied Sir Mungo, not having fully heard 
what Master Heriot said, or not choosing to have it thought so, — 
*' I have been a fool indeed, to hang on at a close-fisted Court 
here, when men of understanding and men of action have been 
making fortunes in every other place of Europe. But here a 
man comes indifferently off unless he gets a great key to turn," 
(looking at Sir Edward,) ^ or can beat tattoo with a hammer on 
a pewter plate. — Well, sirs, I must make as much haste back on 
mine errand as if I were a fee'd messenger. — Sir Edward and 
my lady, I leave my commendations with you — and my good- 
will with you. Master Heriot — and for this breaker of bounds, if 
yon will act by my counsel, some maceration by fasting, and a 
gentle use of the rod, is the best cure for her giddy fits." 

" If you propose for Greenwich, Sir Mungo," said the Lieu- 
tenant, " I can spare you the labour — the King comes imme- 
diately to WhitehaU." 

'< ^d that must be the reason the council are summoned to 
meet in such hurry," said Sir Mungo. "Well — I will, with 
your permission, go to the poor lad Glenvarloch, and bestow some 
comfort on him." 

The Lieutenant seepoed to look up, and pause for a moment as 
if in doubt. 

** The lad will want a pleasant companion, who can tell him the 
nature of the punishment which he is to suffer, and other matters 
of concernment. T will not leave him until I shew him how 
absolutely he hath ruined himself from feather to spur, how 
deplorable is his present state, and how small his chance of 
mending it." 

** Well, Sir Mungo," replied tiie Lieutenant, " if you really 
think all this likely to be very consolatory to the party concerned, 
I will send a warder to condud; you." 

♦'And I," said George Heriot, "will humbly pray of Lady 
Mansel, that she will lend some of her handmaiden's apparel to 
this giddy-brained girl ; for I shall forfeit my reputation if I walk 
up Tower-hill with her in that mad guise — and yet the silly lassie 
looks not so ill in it neither." 

" I will send my coach with you instantly," said the obliging 
Lady. 

** Faith, madam, and if you will honour us with such courtesy, 
I will gladly accept it at your hands," said the citizen, "for 
business presses hard on me, and the forenoon is already lost^ to 
Uttie purpose." 

The poach being ordered accordingly, transported the worthy 
dtizen and his charge to his mansion in Lombard Street. There 
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mione, who had iast receiYed an order to be in readiness to att^d 
upon the Royal Privy Council in the course of an hour ; and upon 
wnoni, in her inexperience of business, and long retirement £rom 
society and the world, the intimation had made as, deep an impres- 
sion as if it had not been the necessary consequence of the petition 
which she had presented to the King by Monna Paula. George 
Heriot gently blamed her for taking any steps in an affair so 
important until his return from France, especially as he had 
requested her to remain quiet, in a letter which accompanied the 
evidence he had transmitted to her from Paris. She could only 
plead in answer the influence which her immediately stirring in 
the matter was likely to have on tlie affair of her kinsman Lord 
Glenvarloch, for she was ashamed to acknowledge how much she 
had been gained on by the eager importunity of her youthful 
companion. The motive of Margaret's eagerness was, of course, 
the safety of Nigel ; but we must leave it to time, to shew in what 

SkTticulajrs that came to be connected with the petition of the Lady 
ermione. Meanwhile, we return to the visit with which Sir 
Mungo Malagrowther favoured the afiSicted young nobleman in 
hispmce of captivity. 

The Knight, after the usual salutations, and having prefaced his 
discourse with a great deal of professed regret for Nigel's situa- 
tion, sat down beside him, and, composing his grotesque features 
into the most lugubrious despondence, began his ravennsong as 
follows : — 

" 1 bless God, my lord, that I was the person who had the 
pleasure to bring his Majesty's mild message to the Lieutenant, 
discharging the higher prosecution against ye, for any thing 
meditated against his Majesty's sacred person ; for, admit you be 
prosecuted on the lesser offence, or breach of privilege of the 
palace and its precincts, usque ad mutUationem, even to dismem- 
beration, as it is most Ukely you will, yet the loss of a member 
is nothing to being hanged and drawn quick, after the fafihion of 
a traitor." 

<' I should feel the shame of having deserved such a punish- 
ment," answered Nigel, ^ more than the pain of undergoing it." 

'^ Doubtless, my lord, the having, as you say, deserved it, must 
be an excruciation to your own mind," replied his tormentor ; *' a 
kind of mental and metaphysical hanging, drawing, and quarter- 
ing, which may be in some measure equipollent with the external 
application of hemp, iron, fii*e, and the like, to the outer man." 

" I say. Sir Mungo," repeated Nigel, " and beg you to under- 
stand my words, that I am unconscious of any error, save that 
of having arms on my person when I chanced to approach tiiat 
of my Sovereign." 

" Ye are nght, my lord, to acknowledge nothing," said Sis 
Mungo. ** We have an old proverb, — Ck>nfess,|pmd — so forth. 
And, indeed, as to the weapons, his Majesty has a special ill-will 
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■aid, there is an end of that matter.* I wish you as well thi*ongh 
the next, which is altogether unlikely." 

" Surely, Sir Mungo," answered Nigel, " you yourself might 
say something in my favour concerning tiie affair in the Park. 
None knows better than you that I was at that moment urged 
by wrongs of the most heinous nature, offered to me by Lord 
Dalgamo, many of which were reported to me by yourself, much 
to the inflammation of my passion." 

" Alack-a-day ! — alack-a-day !" replied Sir Mungo, ** I re- 
member but too well how much your choler was inflamed, in spite 
of the various remonstrances which I made to you respecting the 
sacred nature of the place. Alas ! alas ! you cannot say you leaped 
into the mire for want of warning." 

" I see. Sir Mungo, you are determined to remember nothing 
which can do me service," said Nigel. 

'* Blithely would I do ye service," said the Knight ; ^ and the 
best whilk I can think of is, to tell you the process of the punish- 
ment to the whilk you will be indubitably subjected, I having had 
the good fortune to behold it performed in the Queen's time, on 
a chield that had written a pasquinado. I was then in my Lord 
Gray's train, who lay leaguer here, and being always covetous of 
pleasing and profitable sights, I could not dispense with being 
present on the occasion." 

*^ 1 should be surprised indeed," said Lord Glenvarloch, " if you 
had so far put restraint upon your benevolence, as to stay away 
from such an exhibition." 

" Hey ! was your lordship praying me to be present at your 
own execution 1" answered the Knight. " Troth, my lord, it wiD 
be a painful sight to a friend, but I will rather punish myself 
than baulk you. It is a pretty pageant, in the main — a very 
pretty pageant. The fallow came on with such a bold face, it 
was a pleasure to look on him. He was dressed all in white, 
to signify harmlessness and innocence. The thing was done on 
a scadOToId at Westminster — most likely yours will be at Charing. 
There were the Sheriff's and the Marshal's men, and what not 
— the executioner, with his cleaver and mallet, and his man, 
with a pan of hot charcoal, and the irons for cautery. He was 
a dexterous fallow that Derrick. This man Gregory is not fit to 
jipper a joint with him ; it might be worth your lordship's while 
to have the loon sent to a barber-surgeon's, to learn some need- 
ful scantling of anatomy — it may be for the benefit of yourself 
and other unhappy sufferers, and also a kindness to Gregory." 

" I will not take the trouble," sud Nigel. — " If the Eiws will 
demand my hand, the executioner may get it off as he best can. 
If the King leaves it where it is, it may chance to do him better 



** Vera noble — vera grand, indeed, my lord," said Sir Mungo; 
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* it 18 pleasant to see a brave man suffer. This fallow wfaom I 
spoke of — this Tubbs, or Stubbs, or whatever the plebmn was 
called, came forward as bold as an emperor, and said to the 
people, * Grood friends, I come to leave here the hand of a true 
Englishman,* and clapped it on the dressing-block with as maicst 
ease as if he had laid it on his sweetheart's shoulder, wh««iipon 
Derrick the hangman, adjusting, d'ye mind me, the edge of his 
cleaver on the very joint, hit it with the mallet with eacli fraoe, 
that the hand flew off as far from the owner as a gauntlet which 
the challenger casts down in the tilt-yard. Well, sir, Stubbs, or 
Tubbs, lost no whit of countenance, until the fallow clapped the 
hissing-hot iron on his raw stump. My lord, it fizzed like a 
rasher of bacon, and the fallow set up an elritch screech, which 
made some think his courage was abated ; but not a whi^ for he 
plucked off his hat with his left hand, and waved it, crymg, ' God 
save the Queen and confound all evil counsellors I' The people 
gave him three cheers, which he deserved for his stout heart ; 
and, truly, I hope to see your lordship suffer with the same 
magnanimity.''* 

'< I thank you, Sir Mungo," said Nigel, who had not been able 
to forbear some natural feelings of an unpleasant nature during 
this lively detail, — " I have no doubt the exhibition will be a 
very engaging one to you and the other spectators, whatever it 
may prove to the party principally concerned." 

" Vera engaging," answered Sir Mungo, "vera interesting — 
vera interesting indeed, though not altogether so much so as an 
execution for high treason. I saw Digby, the Winters, Fawkes, 
and the rest of the gunpowder gang, suffer for that treason, 
whilk was a very grand spectacle, as well in regard to th^ 
sufferings, as to weir constancy in enduring." 

^ I am the more obliged to your goodness. Sir Mungo," replied 
Nigel, " that has induct you, although you have lost the sight, 
to congratulate me on my escape from the hazard of makii^ the 
same edifying appearance." 

"As you say, my lord," answered Sir Mungo, "the loss is 
chiefly in appearance. Nature has been very bountiful to us, 
and has given duplicates of some organs, that we may endure 
the loss of one of them, should some such circumstance dianoe 
in our pilgrimage. See my poor dexter, abridged to one thumb, 
one finger, and a stump, — ^by the blow of my adversarjr'iB 
weapon, however, and not by any camificial knife. Weel, sir, 
this poor maimed hand doth me, in some sort, as much service, 
as ever ; and, admit yours to be taken off by the wrist, you have 
still your left hand for your service, and are better off than tiie 
little Dutch dwarf here about town, who threads a needle^ limns, 
writes, and tosses a pike, merely by means of his feet, 
ever a hand to help him." 

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^Well, 1^ Mungo,*' said Lord Olenvarloch, *< this is all no 
doubt very consolatory ; but I hope the King will spare my 
band to fight for him in battle, where, notwithstanding all your 
kind encouragement, I could spend my blood much more cheer- 
fully than on a scaffold." 

*« It is even a sad truth," replied Sir Mungo, " that your lord- 
ship was but too like to have died on a sci^old — not a soul to 
sp^kk for you but that deluded lassie, Maggie Ramsay." 

^ Whom mean you," said Nigel, with more interest than he 
had hitherto shewn in the Knight's communications. 

'^ Nay, who should I mean, but that travestied lassie whom 
we dined with when we honoured Heriot the goldsmith! Ye 
ken best how ye have made interest with her, but I saw her on 
her knees to the King for you. She was committed to my charge, 
to bring her up hither in honour and safety. Had I had my 
own will, I would have had her to Bridewell, to flog the wild 
blood out of her — a cutty quean, to think of wearing the breeches^ 
and not so much as married yet !" 

" Hark ye, Sir Mungo Malagrowther," answered Nigel, ** I 
would have you talk of &at young person with fitting respect." 

" With ail the respect that befits your lordship's paramour, 
and Davy Ramsay's daughter, I shall certainly speak of her, my 
lord," said Sir Mungo, assuming a dry tone of irony. 

Nigel was greatly <^sposed to have made a serious quarrel of 
it, but with Sir Mungo such an affair would have been ridiculous. 
He smothered his resentment, therefore, and conjured him to teli 
what he had heard and seen respecting this young person. 

'* Simply, that I was in the anteroom when she had audience, 
and heard the King say, to my great perplexity, < Pulchra »€tne 
puella;* and Maxwell, who hath but indifferent Latin ears, 
thought that his Majesty called on him by his own name of 
Sawney, and thrust into ihe presence, and there I saw our Sove- 
reign James, with his own hand, raising up the lassie, who, as I 
said heretofore, was travestied in man's attire. I should have 
had my own thoughts of it, but our gracious Master is auld, and 
was nae great gillravager amang the queans even in his youth ; 
and he was comforting her in his own way, and saying, — < Ye 
needna greet about it, my bonnie woman, Glenvarlochides shall 
have fair play ; and, indeed, when the hurry was off our spirits, 
we could not believe that he had any design on our person. And 
touching his other offences, we will look wisely and closely into 
the matter.' So I got charge to take the young fence-louper to 
the Tower here, and deliver her to the charge of Lady Mansel ; 
and his Majesty charged me to say not a word to her about your 
offences, for, said he, the poor thing is breaking her heart for 
him." 

^ And on this you charitably have founded the opinion to the 
prejudice of this young lady, which you have now thought proper 
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^ In honest truth, my lord," replied Su* Mungo, '' what opinion 
would yon have me form of a wench who gets into male habili- 
ments, and goes on her knees to the King for a wild young 
nobleman t I wot not what the fashionable word may be, for the 
phrase changes, though the custom abides. But truly I must 
needs think this young leddy — if you call Watchie Ramsay's 
daughter a young leddy — demeans herself more like a leddy of 
pleasure than a leddy of honour." 

** You do her egregious wrong, Sir Mungo," said Nigel ; ** or 
rather you have been misled by appearances." 

'< So will all the world be misled, my lord," rephed the satirist, 
<( unless you were doing that to disabuse them winch your father's 
son will hardly judge it fit to do." ^ 

^ And what may that be, I pray you !" 

** E'en marry the lass — make her Leddy Glenvarloch. — Ay, 
ay> ye may start — but it 's the course you are driving on. Rather 
miirry than do worse, if the worst be not done already." 

** Sir Mungo," said Nigel, ^ I pray you to forbear this subject, 
and rather return to that of the mutUation, upon which it pleased 
you to enlarge a short while since." 

'< I have not time at present," said Sir Mungo, hearing the 
clock strike four ; '< but so soon as you shall have received sen- 
tence, my lord, you may rely on my giving you the fullest detail 
of the whole solemnity ; and I give you my word, as a kni^t 
and gentleman, that I will myself attend you on the scaffold, who- 
ever may cast sour looks on me for doing so. I bear a heart, to 
stand by a friend in the worst of times." 

So saying, he wished Lord Glenvarloch farewell ; who felt as 
heartily rejoiced at Ins departure, though it may be a bold word, 
as any person who had ever undergone his society. 

But, when left to his own reflections, Nigel cotdd not help fee- 
ing solitude nearly as irksome as the company of Sir Mungo 
Malagrowther. The total wreck of his fortune, — which seemed 
now to be rendered unavoidable by the loss of the royal warrant, 
that had afforded him the means of redeeming his paternal estate, 
— was an unexpected and additional blow. When he had seen 
the warrant he could not precisely remember ; but was inclined 
to think it was in tiie casket when he took out money to pay the 
miser for his lodgings at Whitefriars. Since then, the ca^et had 
been almost constantly under his own eye, except during the 
short time he was separated from his baggage by the arr^ m 
Greenwich Park. It might, indeed, have been tiU^en out at that 
time, for he had no reason to think either his person or his pro- 
perty was in the hands of those who wished him well ; but, on 
the other hand, the locks of the strong-box had sustained no 
▼iolenoe that he could observe, and, being of a particular and 
complicated construction, he thought they could scarce be opened 
without an instrument made on purpose, adapted to their peca- 
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he would on the matter, it was clear that this important document 
was gone, and probable that it had passed into no Mendly hands. 
" Let it be so," said Nigel to himself ; " I am scarcely worse off 
respecting my prospects of fortune, than when I first reached 
this accursed city. But to be hampered with cruel accusations, 
and stained with foul suspicions — to be the object of pity of the 
most degrading kind to yonder honest citizen, and of the malig- 
nity of that envious and atrabilarious courtier, who can endure 
the good fortune and good quaUties of another no more than the 
mole can brook sunshine — this is indeed a deplorable reflection ; 
and the consequences must stick to my future life, and impede 
whatever my head, or my hand, if it is left me, might be able to 
execute in my favour." 

The feeling, that he is the object of general dislike and dereUc- 
tion, seems to be one of the most unendurably painful to which a 
human being can be subjected. The most atrocious criminals, 
whose nerves have not shrunk from perpetrating the most horrid 
cruelty, suffer more from the consciousness that no man will 
sympathize with their sufferings, than from apprehension of the 
personal agony of their impending punishment ; and are known 
often to attempt to palliate their enormities, and sometimes alto- 
gether to deny what is established by the clearest proof, rather 
than to leave life under the general ban of humanity. It was no 
wonder that Nigel, labouring under the sense of general, though 
unjust suspicion, should, while pondering on so painful a theme, 
recollect that one, at least, had not only believed him innocent, 
but hazarded herself, with all her feeble power, to interpose in 
his behalf. 

^ Poor girl I" he repeated ; ^poor, rash, but generous maiden ! 
your fate is that of her in Scottish story, who thrust her arm into 
the staple of the door, to oppose it as a bar against the assassins 
who threatened the murder of her sovereign. The deed of devo- 
tion was useless ; save to give an immortiu name to her by whom 
it was done, and whose blood flows, it is said, in the veins of my 
house." 

I cannot explain to the reader, whether the recollection of this 
historical deed of devotion, and the lively effect which the com- 
parison, a little overstrained perhaps, was likely to produce in 
favour of Margaret lUmsay, was not qualified by the concomitant 
ideas of ances£y and ancient descent with which that recollection 
was mingled. But the contending feelings suggested a new train 
of i^eas. — ** Ancestry,'* he thought, " and ancient descent, what 
are they to me 1 — My patrimony alienated — my title become a 
reproach, for what can be so absurd as titled beggary ? — my 
character subjected to suspicion, — I will not remain in this 
country ; and should I, at leaving it, procure the society of one 
so lovely, so brave, and so faithfiU, who should say that I dero- 
gated from the rank which I am virtually renouncing )" 

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picture of an attached and fiaithful pair, becoming all the worid to 
each other, and stemming the tide of fate arm in arm ; and to be 
Unked thus with a creature so beautiful, and who had taken such 
devoted and disinterested concern in his fortunes, formed itself 
into such a vision as romantic youth loves best to dwell upon. 

Suddenly his dream was painfully dispelled, by the recoUeetion, 
that its very basis rested upon the most selfisli ingratitude on his 
own part. Lord of his castle and his towers, his forests and 
fields, his fair patrimony and noble name, his mind would have 
rejected, as a sort of impossibiUty, the idea of elevating to his 
rank the daughter of a mechanic ; but, when degraded ^m his 
nobility, and plunged into poverty and difficulties, he was ashamed 
to feel himself not unwilling, that this poor girl, in the blindness 
of her affection, should abandon all the better prospects of her 
own settled condition, to embrace the precarious and doubtful 
course which he liimself was condemned to. The generouty of 
Nigel's mind recoiled from the selfishness of the plan of happiness 
which he projected ; and he made a strone effort to expel from 
his thoughts for the rest of the evening this fascinating female, 
or, at least, not to permit thenv to dwell upon the perilous circum- 
stance, that she was at present the oiUy creature living who 
seemed to consider him as an object of kindness. 

He could not, however, succ<Bed in banishing her frY>m his 
slumbers, when, after having spent a weai^ day, he betook him- 
self to a perturbed • couch. The form of Margaret mingled with 
the wild mass of dreams which his late adventures had suggested ; 
and even when, copying the Uvely narrative of Sir Mungo, fancy 
presented to him the blood bubbling and hissine on the heated 
iron, Margaret stood behind him Hke a spirit of Ught, to breathe 
healing on the wound. At length nature was exhausted by these 
fantastic creations, and Nigel slept, and slept soundly, until 
awakened in the morning by the sound of a well-known voice, 
which had often broken hu idumbers about iiie same hour. 



CHAPTER XXXI. 

y, come up, sir, with your gentle blood! 
Here^B a red stream beneath this ooarse blue doublet, 
Tbat warms the heart as kindly as if dnwn 
From the far source of old Assyrian kings, 
Who first made mankind subject to their sway. 

OtdPiaf, 

. The sounds to which we alluded in our last, were no other than 
the grumbling tones of Richie Moniplies's voice. 

This worthy, like some other persons who rank high in tbdr 
own opinion, was very apt, when he could have no otl^ auditory 
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— I mean with himself. He was now brushing and arranging 
Lord Glenvarloch's clothes, with as mnch composure and quiet 
assiduity as if he had never been out of his service, and grumbling 
betwixt whiles to the following purpose ; — " Humph — ay, tune 
cloak and jerkin were through my hands — I question if horse^ 
hair has been passed over them since they and I last parted. The 
embroidery finely frayed too — and the gold buttons of the cloak 

— By my conscience, and as I am an honest man, there is a round 
dozen of them gane ! This comes of Alsatian frolics — God keep 
us with his grace, and not give us over to our own devices ! — I 
see no sword — but that will be in respect of present 'circum- 
stances." 

Nigel for some time could not help believing that he was still 
in a dream, so improbable did it seem that his domestic, whom 
he supposed to be in Scotland, should have found him out, and 
obtained access to him, in his present circumstances. Looking 
through the curtains, however, he became well assured of the fact, 
when he beheld the stiff and bony length of Richie, with a visage, 
charged with nearly double its ordinary degree of importance, 
employed sedulously in brushing his master's cloak, and refreshing 
himself with whistling or humming, from interval to interval, 
some snatch of an old melancholy Scottish baUad-tnne. Although 
sufficiently convinced of the identity of the party, Lord Glenvar- 
loch could not help expressing his surprise in the superfluous 
question — " In the name of ileaven, Richie, is this you V* 

" And wha else suld it be, my lord ?" answered Richie ; " I 
dreamna that your lordship's levee in this place is like to be 
attended by ony that are not bounden thereto by duty." 

** I am rather surprised," answered Nigel, " that it should be 
attended by any one at all — especially by you, Richie ; for you 
know that we parted, and I thought you had reached Scotland 
long since." 

" I crave your lordship's pardon, but we have not parted yet^ 
nor are soon hkely so to do ; for, there gang twa folk's votes to 
the unmaking of a bargain, as to the making of ane. Though it 
was your lor^ip's pleasure so to conduct yourself that we were 
like to have parted, yet it was not, on reflection, my will to be 
gone. To be plain, if your lordship does not ken when you have 
a good servant, I ken when I have a kind master ; and to say 
truth, you will be easier served now than ever, for there is not 
much chance of your getting out of your bounds." 

** I am indeed bound over to good behaviour," said Lord Glen- 
varloch, with a smile ; " but I hope you will not take advantage 
of my situation to be too severe on my follies, Ridiie ?" 

** God forbid, my lord — God forbid," replied Richie, with an 
expression betwixt a conceited consciousness of superior wisdom 
and real feeling — ** especially in consideration of your lordship's 
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^Na, im, I am myself an erring creature — very conscious of 
some small weaknesses — there is no perfection in man." 

'^ But, Richie," said Lord Glenvarloch, ^ although I am much 
obliged to you for your proffered service, it can be of little use to 
me here, and may be of prejudice to yourself." 

'' Your lordship shall pardon me again," said Richie, whom the 
relative situation of the parties had invested with ten times his 
ordinary dogmatism ; ** but as I will manage the matter, youi 
lordship shall be greatly benefited by my service, and I myself no 
whit prejudiced." 

** I see not how that can be, my friend," said Lord Glenva^ 
loch, ** since even as to your pecuniary affairs " 

"Touching my pecuniars, my lord," replied Richie, "I am 

indifferently weel provided ; and, as it chances, my living here 

will be no burden to your lordship, or distress to myself. Only 

I crave permission to annex certain conditions to my servitude 

^with your lordship." 

" Annex what you will," said Lord Glenvarloch, " for you are 
pretty sure to take your own way, whether you make any con- 
ditions or not. Since you will not leave me, which were, I think, 
your wisest course, you must, and I suppose will, serve me only 
on such terms as you like yourself." 

" All that I ask, my lord," said Richie, gravely, and with a 
tone of great moderation, " is to have the uninterrupted command 
of my own motions, for certain important purposes which I have 
now in hand, always giving your lordship the solace of my com- 
pany and attendance at such times as may be at once convenient 
for me, and necessary for your service." 

** Of which, I suppose, you constitute yourself sole judge," 
replied Nigel, smiling. 

" Unquestionably, my lord," answered Richie, gravely ; ** for 
your lordship can only know what yourself want ; whereas I, who 
see both sides of the picture, ken both what is the best for your 
affairs, and what is the most needful for my own." 

" Richie, my good friend," said Nigel, ** I fear this arrange- 
ment, which places the master much under the disposal of the 
servant, would scarce suit us if we were both at large ; but a 
prisoner as I am, I may be as well at your disposal as I am at 
that of so many other persons ; and so you may come and go as 
you Ust, for I suppose you will not take my advice, to return tfl 
your own country, and leave me to my fate." 

" The deil be in my feet if I do," said Moniplies, — ** I am not 
the lad to leave your lordship in foul weather, when I followed 
you and fed upon you through the whole summer day. And 
besides, there may be brave days behind, for a' that has come and 
> yet ; for 

" It '8 hame, and it's hame, and it's hame we fain w(mld be. 
Though the cloud is in the lift, and the wind is on the lea ) 
For the sun through the mirk blinks blithe on mine e'e, 
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Having song this stanza in the m&nner of a ballad-singer, whose 
voice has been cracked by matching his windpipe against the bugle 
of the north blast, Richie Moniphes aided Lord Glenvarloch to 
rise, attended his toilette with every possible mark of the most 
solemn and deferential respect, then waited npon him at break- 
fiist, and finally withdrew, pleading that he had business of impor- 
tance, which would detain him for some hours. 

Al^ongh Lord Glenvarloch necessarily expected to be occa- 
sionally annoyed by the self-conceit and dogmatism of Richie 
Moniplies's character, yet he could not but feel the greatest 
pleasure from the firm and devoted attachment which this faith- 
ful follower had displayed in the present instance, and indeed 
promised himself an alleviation of the ennui of his imprison- 
ment, in having the advantage of his services. It was, therefore, 
with pleasure toat he learned from the warder, that his servant's 
attendance would be allowed at all times when the general rules 
of the fortress permitted the entrance of strangers. 

In the meanwhile, the magnanimous Richie Moniphes had 
already reached Tower Wharf. Here, after looking uith con- 
tempt on several scullers by whom he was phed, and whose 
services he rejected with a wave of his hand, he called with 
dignity, " First oars I" and stirred into activity several lounging 
Tntons of the higher order, who had not, on his first appearance, 
thought it wordi while to accost him with proffers of service. 
He now took possession of a wherry, folded his arms within his 
ample cloak, and sitting down in the stem with an air of impor- 
tance, commanded them to row to Whitehall stairs. Having 
reached the palace in safety, he demanded to see Master Link- 
later, the under-clerk of his Majesty's kitchen. The reply was, 
that he was not to be spoken withal, being then employed in 
cooking a mess of cock-a-leekie for the King's own mouth. 

"Tell him," said Moniplies, "that it is a dear countryman 
of his, who seeks to converse with him on matter of high 
import." 

**A dear countryman!" said Linklater, when this pressing 
message was delivered to him. " Well, let him come in and be 

d d, that I should say sae I This now is some red-headed, 

long-legged, ^lUe-white-foot frae the West Port, that, hearing of 
my promotion, is come up to be a tum-broche, or deputy scullion, 
through my interest. It is a great hinderance to any man who 
would rise in the world, to Imve such friends to hang by his 
skirts, in hope of beinz towed up algng with him. — Ha J Richie 
Moniphes, man, is it thou ? And what has brought ye here ! If 
they should ken thee for the loon that scared the horse the other 
day! " 

** No more o' that, neighbour," said Richie, — " I am just here 
on the auld errand — I maun speak with the Kmg." 

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to his assistantB in the kitehen, '^ Look to the broches, ye knaves-- 
pisees purga — SaUamentafao maeerentur puUUre — I will make 
you understand Latin, ye knaves, as becomes the scullions of King 
James." Then in a cautious tone, to Richie's private ear, he 
continued, ** Know ye not how ill your master came off the other 
dav ! — I can tell you that job made some folks shake for their 
office." 

« Weel, but Laurie, ye maun befriend me this time, and get this 
wee bit sifflication slipped into his Majesty's ain most gracious 
hand. I promise you we contents will be most grateful to him.*' 

'' Richie," answered Linklater, " you have certainly sworn to 
say your prayers in the porter's lodge, with your back bare ; and 
twa grooms, with dog-whips, to cry amen to you." 

" Na, na, Laurie, lad," said Richie, <' I ken better what belangs 
to sifflications than I did yon day ; and ye will say that yourseU, 
if ye will but get that bit note to the King's hand." 
^ '^ I will have neither hand nor foot in the matter," said the 
eautious Clerk of tlie Kitchen ; '* but there is his Majesty's mess 
of cock-a-leekie just going to be served to him in his closet — I 
cannot prevent you from putting the letter between the gilt bowl 
and the platter ; his sacred Majesty will see it when he lifts the 
bowl, for he aye drinks out the broth." 

" Enough said," replied Richie, and deposited the paper accor- 
dingly, just before a page entered to carry away the mess to his 
Majesty. 

^ Aweel, aweel, neighbour," said Lawrence, when the mess was 
taken away, ** if ye have done ony thing to bring yoursell to the 
withy, or the scourging post, it is your ain wilful deed." 

^ I will blame no other for it," said Richie ; and with that 
undismayed pertinacity of conceit, which made a fundamental 
part of his character, he abode the issue, which was not long of 
arriving. 

In a few minutes Maxwell himself arrived in the apartment, 
and demanded hastily who had placed a writing on the King's 
trencher. Linklater denied all knowledge of it ; but Ricme 
Moniplies, stepping boldly forth, pronounced the emphatical con- 
fession, '^ I am the man." 

^ Follow me, then," said Maxwell, after regarding him with a 
look of great curiosity. 

They went up a private staircase, — even that private staircase, 
the privilege of which at Court is accounted a nearer road to power 
than the grander entries themselves. Arriving in what Richie 
described as an '' ill redd-up" anteroom, the usher made a sign to 
him to stop, while he went into the King's closet. Their confS»- 
rence was short, and as Maxwell opened we door to retire, Ricbia 
heard the conclusion of it. 

^ Ye are sure he is not dangerous f — I was caught once.— > 
Bide within call, but not nearer the door than within three eeo- 
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^ak loun, keep your lang lugs out of ear-shot — and now let 
him come in.** 

Richie passed forward at Maxwell's mute signal, and in a mo* 
ment found himself in the presence of the King. Most men of 
Richie's birth and breeding, and many others, would have been 
abashed at finding themselves alone with their Sovereign. But 
Richie Moniplies had an opinion of himself too high to be con- 
trolled by any such ideas ; and having made his stiff reverence, 
he arose once more into his perpendicular height, and stood 
before James as stiff as a hedge-stake. 

** Have ye gotten them, man ? have ye gotten them V* said the 
King, in a fluttered state, betwixt hope and eagerness, and some 
touch of suspicious fear. . " Gie me them — gie me them — before 
ye speak a word, I charge you, on your allegiance." 

Richie took a box from his bosom, and, stooping on one knee, 
presented it to his Majesty, who hastily opened it, and having 
ascertained that it contained a certain carcanet of rubies, witl^ 
which the reader was formerly made acquainted, he could not 
resist falling into a sort of rapture, kissing the gems, as if they 
had been capable of feeling, and repeating again and again with 
childish delight, "Onyx cum proUy silexque — Onyx oum proUl 
Ah, my bright and bonny spanders, my heart loups light to see 
you again." He then turned to Richie, upon whose stoical coun- 
tenance his Majesty's demeanour had excited something like a 
grim smile, which James interrupted his rejoicing to reprehend, 
saying, " ^ake heed, sir, you are not to laugh at us — we are 
your anointed Sovereign." 

'< Grod forbid that I should laugh !" said Richie, composing his 
countenance into its natural rigidity. " I did but smile to bring 
my visage into coincidence and conformity with your Majesty's 
physiognomy." 

** Ye speak as a dutiful subject, and an honest man," said the 
King ; " but what deil's your name, man f" 

''Even Richie Moniplies, the son of auld Mungo Moniplies, at 
the West Port of Edinburgh, who had the honour to supply your 
Majesty's mother's royal table, as weel as your Majesty's, with 
flesh and other vivers, when time was." 

*^ Aha !" said the King, laughing, — for he possessed, as a use- 
ful attribute of his situation, a tenacious memory, which recol- 
lected every one with whom he was brought into casual contact, 
— ''Ye are the self-same traitor who luid weel-nigh- coupit us 
end-lang on the causey of our ain opurt-yard ! but we stuck by 
our mare. Equam memento rehvM in arduis teroare, Weel, be 
not dismayed, Kichie ; for, as many have turned traitors, it is 
but fiur that a traitor, now and then, suld prove to be, contra 
expectanda, a true man. How cam ye by our jewels, man ! — 
cam ye on the part of Greoi^ Heriot 1" 

" In no sort," said Richie. " May it please your Majesty, I 
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no num's errand ; as, indeed, T call no one master, save Him ^uA 
made me, your most giiicious Majesty who goyems me, and the 
noble Nigel Olifaunt, Lord of GlenTarloeb, who maintained me 
as lang as he could maintain himself, poor nobleman 1" 

" Glenvaiiochides again I" exclaimed the King ; " by my honoori 
be lies in ambush for us at every comer I — Maxwell knodcs at 
the door. It is George Heriot come to tell us he cannot find 
these jewels. — Gret thee behind the arras, Richie — stand dose, 
man — sneeze not — cough not — breathe not ! — Jingling 
Geordie is so damnably ready with his eold-ends of wisdom, and 
sae cursedly backward with his gold-ends of siller, that, by our 
royal saul, we are glad to get a hair in his neck." 

Richie got behind the arras, in obedience to the commands of 
the good-natured King, while the Monarch, who never allowed 
his dignity to stand in the way of a frolic, having adjusted, with 
his own hand, the tapestry, so as to complete the ambush, com- 
manded Maxwell to tell him what was the matter without Max- 
well's reply was so low as to be lost by Richie Moniplies, the 
peculiarity of whose situation by no means abated his curioeity 
and desire to gratify it to the uttermost 

** Let Geordie Heriot come in," said the King ; and, as Richie 
could observe through a sht in the tapestry, the honest citizen, if 
not actually agitated, was at least discomposed. The King, 
whose talent for wit, or humour, was precisely of a kind to he 
gratified by such a scene as ensued, received his homage with 
coldness, and began to talk to him with an air of serious dignity, 
very different from the usual indecorous levity of his behaviour. 
" Master Heriot,** he said, ** if we aright remember, we opigno- 
rated in your hands certain jewels of the Crown, for a certain 
sum of money — Did we, or did we not ?** 

"My most gracious Sovereign,** said Heriot, "indisputably 
your Majesty was pleased to do so." 

" The property of which jewels and etrndia remained with us," 
continued the King, in the same solemn tone, " subject only to 
your claim of advance thereupon ; which advance being repaid, 
gives us right to repossession of the thing opign<»rated, or pledged, 
or laid in wad. Yoetius, Yinnius, Groenwigeneus, Pag^i- 
stecherus, — all who have treated de CoWtrctctu Opigner<Uioni»^ 
eomentiunt in etmdem, — gree on the same point The Roman 
law, the English common law, and the municipal law of our ain 
ancient kin^om of Scotiand, though they split in mair particulars 
than I could desire, unite as strictly in this as the throe strands 
of a twisted rope.'* 

"May it please your Majesty," replied Heriot, "it requires 
not so many learned authorities to prove to any honest man, that 
his interest in a pledge is determined when the money l^t is 
restored,** 

" Weel, sir, I proffer restoration of the sum lent, and I demand 
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hint, brief while smce, tiiat this would be essential to my servloe. 
ioTy as approaching events are like to call us into public, it would 
seem strange if we did not appear with those ornaments, which 
are heir-looms of the Crown, and the absence whereof is like to 
place us in contenipt and suspicion with our liege subjects." 

Master Greorge Heriot seemed much moved by this address of 
his Sovereign, and replied with emotion, " I call Heaven to wit- 
ness, that 1 am totally harmless in this matter, and that I would 
willin^y lose the sum advanced, so that I could restore those 
jewels, the absence of which your Majesty so justly laments. Had 
the jewels remained with me, the account of wem would be easily 
rendered ; but your Majesty will do me the justice to remember, 
tiiat, by your express order, I transferred ^em to another pet*- 
8on, who advanced a large sum, just about the time of my depar-" 
ture for Paris. The money was pressingly wanted, and no ouier 
means to come by it occurred to me. I told your Majesty, when 
I Inronght the needful supply, that the man from whom the moneys 
were obtained, was of no good repute ; and your most princely 
answer was, smelling to the gold — Non olet, it smells not of the 
means that have gotten it" 

" Weel, man," said the King, ** but what needs a' this din ! If 
ye gave my jewels in pledge to such a one, suld ye not, as a liege 
subject, have taken care ^t the redemption was in our power ! 
And are we to suffer the loss of our dmelia by your neglect, 
besides being exposed to the scorn and censure of our lieges, and 
of the foreign ambassadors !" 

* My Lord and Kege.King," said Heriot, " Grod knows, if my 
bearing blame or shame in this matter would keep it from your 
Majesty, it were my duty to endure both, as a servant grateful 
for many benefits ; but when your Majesty considers the violent 
death of the man himself, the disappearance of his daughter, and 
of his wealth, I trust you will remember that I warned your 
Majesty, in humble duty, of the possibility of such casualties, 
and prayed you not to urge me to deal with him on your behalf." 

^ But you brought me nae better means," said the King — 
** Geordie, ye brought me nae better means. I was like a deserted 
man ; what could I do but grip to the first siller that offered, as 
a drowning man grasps to the willow-wand that comes readiest ? 
— And now, man, what for have ye not brought back the iewels ! 
they are surely above ground, if ye wad make strict search." 

^ All strict search has been made, may it please your Majesty," 
replied the citizen ; " hue and cry has been sent out every where, 
and it has been found impossible to recover them." 

^ Difficult, ye mean, (r^rdie, not impossible," replied the King ; 
^ for that wl^ is impossible, is either naturally so, exempli gratia^ 
to make two into three ; or morally so, as to make what is truth 
fiUsehood ; but what is only difficult may come to pass, with assis- 
tance of wisdom and patience ; as, for example, Jingling Geordie, 
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eyes of the aBtonished jeweller, exclaiming, with great triumph, 
" What say ye to that, Jingler ! — By my sceptre and crown, the 
man stares as if he took his native prince for a warlock I us, tiiat 
are the very malleut maUfioarum, the contunding and contrito- 
ratin^ hammer of all witches, sorcerers, magicians, and the like ; 
he ihmks we are taking a touch of the hUck art oursells ! — But 
gang thy way, honest Geordie ; thou art a good plain man, but 
nane of the seven sages of Greece ; gang thy way, and mind the 
soothfast word which you spoke, small time syne, that there is 
one in this land that comes near to Solomon, King of Israel, in 
all his gifts, except in his love to strange women, forbye the 
daughter of Pharaoh." 

If Heriot was surprised at seeing the jewels so unexpectedly 
produced at the moment the King was upbraiding him for the loss 
of them, this allusion to the reflection which luui escaped him 
while conversing with Lord Glenvarloch, altogether completed 
his astonishment ; and the King was so delighted with the supe- 
riority which it gave him at the moment, that he rubbed his 
hands, chuckled, and, finally, his sense of dignity giving way to 
the full feeling of triumph, he threw himself into his easy-chair, 
and laughed with unconstrained violence till he lost his breath, 
and the tears ran plentifully down his cheeks as he strove to re- 
cover it. Meanwhile, the royal cachinnation was echoed out by 
a discordant and portentous laugh from behind the arras, like 
that of one who, little accustomed to give way to such emotions, 
feels himself at some particular impulse unable either to control 
or to modify his obstreperous mirth. Heriot turned his head 
wi^ new surprise towards the place, from which sounds so un- 
fitting the presence of a monarch seemed to burst with such 
emphatic clamour. * 

The King, too, somewhat sensible of the indecorum, rose up, 
wiped his eyes, and calling, — "Todlowrie, come out o* your 
den," he produced from behind the arras the length of Richie 
Moniplies, still laughing with as unrestnuned mir& as ever did 
gossip at a country christening. ^ Whidit, man, whisht man," 
said the King ; ^ye needna nicher that gait, like a cusser at a 
caup o' com, e'en though it was a pleasing jest, and our ain 
framing. And yet to see Jingling Greordie, t£it bauds himself so 
much the wiser than other folks — to see him, ha ! ha ! ha ! — 
in the vein of Euclio apud Plautum, distressing himjself to recover 
what was lying at his elbow ^- 

* Perii, interii, occidi — quo eurram ? quo non cumun ? — 
Tene, tene— quern? quis? nescio— nihU videa* 

Ah ! Geordie, your een are sharp enough to look after gowd and 
silver, gems, rubies, and the like of that, and yet ye kenna how ! 
to come by them when they are lost. Ay, ay— look at them, 

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man — look at them — they are a' rieht and tight, somid and 
round, not a doublet crept in amongst wem.*' 

Greorge Heriot, when his first surprise was over, was too old a 
courtier to interrupt the King's imaginary triumph, although he 
darted a look of some displeasure at honest Richie, who still con- 
tinued on what is usually termed the broad grin. He quietly 
examined the stones, and finding them all perfect, he honestly and 
sincerely congratulated his Majesty on the recovery of a treasure 
which could not have been lost without some di^onour to the 
crown ; and asked to whom he himself was to pay the sums for 
which they had been pledged, observing, that he had the money 
by him in readiness. 

** Ye are in a deevil of a hurry, when there is payhig in the 
case, Greordie," said the King. — " What 's a' the haste, man ! 
The jewels were restored by an honest, kindly countryman of 
ours. There he stands, and wha kens if he wants the money on 
the nail, or if he might not be as weel pleased wi' a bit rescript 
on our treasury some six months hence t Ye ken that our 
Ei^chequer is even at a \ovr ebb just now, and ye cry pay, pay, 
pay, as if we had all the mines of Ophir." 

'^ Please your Majesty,*' said Heriot, '* if this man has the real 
right to these moneys, it is doubtless at his will to grant forbear- 
ance, if he will. But when I remember the guise in which I first 
saw him, with a tattered cloak and a broken head, I can hardly 
conceive it. — Are not you Richie Moniplies, with the King's 
favour r* 

^ Even sae, Master Heriot — of the ancient and honourable 
house of Castle Collop, near to the West Port of Edinburgh," 
answered Richie. 

** Why, please your Majesty, he is a poor serving-man,** said 
Heriot ** This money can never be honestly at his dispoaal." 

** What for no !*' said the King. " Wald ye have naebody 
roraickle up the brae but yoursell, Geordie ! Your ain cloak was 
thin enongh when ye cam here, though ye have lined it gay and 
weeL And for serving>men, there has mony a red-shank come 
over the Tweed wi* his master's wallet on his shoulders, that now 
rustles it wi' his six followers behind him. There stands the man 
himsell ; speer at him, Geordie." 

*< His may not be the best authority in the case," answered the 
cautious citizen. 

** Tut, tut, man," said the King, '* ye are over scrupulous. The 
knave deer-stealero have an apt phrase, Non est inquirendum 
unde venit venison. He tiiat brings the gudes hath surely a 
right to dispose of the gear. — Hark ye, friend, speak the truth 
and shame tiie deil. Have ye plenary powers to dispose on the 
redemption-money, as to delay of payments, or the like, ay or 
no!" 

** Full power, an it like your gracious Majesty," answered 
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soever may in ony wise accommodate your Majesty anent the 
redemption-money, trusting your Majesty's grace will be kind to 
me in one sma' favour." 

** Ey, man," said the King, " come ye to me there 1 I thought 
ye wad e'en be like the rest of them. — One would think our 
subjects' hves and goods were all our ain, and holden of us at our 
vVee-will ; but when we stand in need of ony matter of siller from 
them» which chances more frequently than we would it did, deil a 
boddle is to be had, save on the auld terms of giff-gaff. It is just 
niffer for niffer. — Aweel, neighbour, what is it that ye want — 
some monopoly, I reckon ? Or it may be a grant of kirk-lands 
and teinds, or a knighthood, or the like ! Ye maun be reason- 
able, unless ye propose to advance more money for our present 
occasions." 

" My liege," answered Eichie Moniplies, " the owner of these 
moneys places them at your Majesty's command, free of all pledge 
or usage as long as it is your royal pleasure, providing your 
Majesty will condescend to shew some favour to the noble Lord 
Glenvarloch, presently prisoner in your royal Tower of London." 

" How, man — how, man — how man !" exclaimed the King, 
reddening and staQimering, but with emotions more noble thim 
those by which he was sometimes agitated — " What is that you 
dare to say to us ? — Sell our justice I — sell our mercy ! — and 
we a crowned King, sworn to do justice to our subjects in the 
gate, and responsible for our stewardship to Him that is over all 
kings 1" — Here he reverently looked up, touched his bonnet, and 
continued with some sharpness, — " We dare not traffic in such 
commodities, sir ; and, but that ye are a poor ignorant creature, 
that have done us this day some not unpleasant service, we wad 
have a red iron driven through your tongue, in terrorem of others. 
— Awa with him, Greordie, — pay him, plack and bawbee, out of 
our moneys in your hands, and let them care that come ahint." 

Richie, who had counted with the utmost certainty upon the 
success of this master-stroke of policy, was Uke an architect whose 
whole scaffolding at once gives way under him. He caught, how- 
ever, at what he thought might break his fall. " Not only the 
sum for which the jewels were pledged," he said, '' but the double 
of it, if required, should be placed at his Majesty's command, and 
even without hope or condition of repayment, if only " 

But the King did not allow him to complete the sentence, cry- 
mg out, with greater vehemence than before, as if he dreaded the 
stability of his own good resolutions, — "Awa wi' him — swith 
awa wi' him ! It is time he were gane, if he doubles his bode 
tiiat gate. And, for your life, letna Steenie, or ony of them, hear 
a word from his mouth ; for wha kens what trouble that might 
bring me into I — Ne inditoas in tentationem — V<ide retro, 
Sathanas ! — Amen,*^ 

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\i-hen they were in the PaJace-yard, the citizen remembering, 
^th some resentment, the airs of equality which Richie had 
assumed towards him in the commencement of the scene which 
had just taken place, could not forbear to retaliate, by congratu- 
lating him with an ironical smile on his favour at Court, and his 
improved grace in presenting a supplication. 

" Never fash your beard about that. Master George Heriot," 
said Richie, totally undismayed ; " but tell me when and where I 
am to sifflicate you for eight hundred pounds sterling, for which 
thesejewels stood engaged V* 

*^ Tlie instant that you bring with you the real owner of the 
money," replied Heriot ; '' whom it is important that I should 
see on more accounts than one." 

'' Then will I back to his Majesty," said Richie Moniplies, 
stoutly, *^ and get either the money or the pledge back again. I 
am fvJly commissionate to act in that matter." 

** It may be so, Richie," said the citizen, <* and perchance it 
may not be so neither, for your tales are not all gospel ; and, 
therefore, be assured I will see that it w so, ere T pay you that 
large sum of money. T shall give you an acknowledgment for it, 
and I will keep it prestable at a moment's warning. But, my 
good Richard Moniplies, of Castle Collops, near the West Port of 
Edinburgh, in the meantime !• am bound to return to his Majesty 
on matters of weight." So speaking, and mounting the stiur to 
re-enter the palace, he added, by way of summing up the whole, 
— " George Heriot is over old a cock to be caught with chaff." 

Richie stood petrified when he beheld him re-enter the Palace, 
and found himself, as he supposed, left in the lurch. — ** Now, 
plague on ye," he muttered, " for a cunning auld skin-flint ! that, 
because ye are an honest man yoursell, forsooth, must needs deal 
with all the world as if they were knaves. But deil be in me if 
ye beat me yet ! — Gude guide us ! yonder comes Laurie Link- 
later next, and he will be on me about the sifflication. — I winna 
stand him, by Saint Andrew !" 

So saying, and changing the haughty stride with which he had 
that morning entered the precincts of the Palace, into a skulking 
Miamble, he retreated for his wherry, which was in attendance, 
with speed which, to use the approved phrase on such occasions, 
greatly resembled a flight. 



CHAPTER XXXTL 

Benedict This looks not like a naptiaL 

Much Ado about Nothinff. 

Master George Heriot had no sooner returned to the King's 
apartment, than James inquired of Maxwell if the Earl of Hun- 
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affirmative, desired that he should be admitted. The old Scot- 
tish Lord having made his reverence in the usual manner, the 
King extended his hand to be kissed, and then began to address 
him in a tone of grave sympathy. 

" We told your lordship in our secret epistle of this morning, 
written with our ain hand, in testimony we have neither preter- 
mitted nor forgotten your faithful service, that we had that to 
communicate to you that would require both patience and forti- 
tude to endure, and therefore exhorted you to peruse some of 
the most pithy passages of Seneca, and of Boethius de Contola' 
tione, that the back Inay be, as we say, fitted for the burden — 
This we commend to you from our ain experience. 

* Non ignara mali, miaeris succmraw diaco,' 

sayeth Dido, and I might say in my own person, non igncurm ; 
but to change the gender would affect the prosody, whereof our 
southern subjects are tenacious. So, my Lord of Huntinglen, I 
trust you have acted by our advice, and studied patience before 
ye need it — venienti oceurrite morbo — mix the medicament 
when the disease is coming on." 

^ May it please your Majesty," answered Lord Huntinglen, 
^ I am more of an old soldier than a scholar — and if my own 
rough nature will not bear me out ya. any calamity, I hope I shall 
have grace to try a text of Scripture to boot." ' 

** Ay, man, are you there with your bears V* said the King ; 
** the Bible, man," (touching his cap,) " is indeed prindpium €t 
fons — but it is pity your lordship cannot peruse it in the ori- 
ginal. For although we did ourselves promote that work of 
translation, — since ye may read, at the beginning of every Bible, 
that when some palpable clouds of darkness were thought like to 
have overshadowed the land, after the setting of that bright occi- 
dental star. Queen Elizabeth ; yet our appearance, like that of 
the sun in his strength, instantiy dispelled these surmised mists, 
— I say, that although, as therein mentioned, we countenanced 
the preaching of the gospel, and especially the translation of the 
Scriptures out of the original sacred tongues ; yet, nevertheless, 
we ourselves confess to have found a comfort in consulting them 
in the original Hebrew, whilk we do not perceive even in the 
Latin version of the Septuagint, much less in the English tra- 
duction." 

*' Please your Majesty," s£ud Lord Huntinglen, ** if your Ma- 
jesty delays communicating the bad news with which your 
honoured letter threatens me, until I am capable to read Hebrew 
like your Majesty, I fear I shall die in ignorance of the misfor- 
tune which hath befallen, or is about to befall, my house." 

" You will learn it but too soon^ my lord," replied the King ; 
^ I grieve to say it, but your son Dalgamo, whom I thought a 
very saint, as he was so much with Steenie and Baby Charlea^ 
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** Villain !*' repeated Lord Hantinglen ; and though he instantly 
checked himaelf, and added, ^ but it is your Majesty speaks the 
word/' the effect of his first tone made the King step back as if 
lie had received a blow. He also recovered himself again, and 
said, in the pettish way which usually indicated his displeasure — 
^ Yes, my lord, it was we that said it — non surdo oanis — we are 
not deaf — we pray you not to raise your voice in speech with us 
— there is the bonny memorial — read, and judge for yourself." 

The King then thrust into the old nobleman's hand a paper, 
containing Sie story of the Lady Hermione, with the evidence by 
which it was supported, detailed so briefly and clearly, that the 
infamy of Lord I)algamo, the lover by whom she had been so 
shamefully deceived, seemed undeniable. But a father yields not 
up so easily the cause of his son. 

** May it please your Majestv," he said, ^ why was this tale not 
sooner told 1 This woman hath been here for years — wherefore 
was the claim on my son not made the instant she touched 
English ground f " 

''Tell him how that came about, G^rdie," said the King, 
addressing Heriot. 

" I grieve to distress my Lord Huntinglen," said Heriot ; ^ but 
I must speak the trutli. For a long time the Lady Hermione 
could not brook the idea of makine her situation public; and 
when her mind became changed in wat particular, it was neces- 
sary to recover the evidence of the false marriage, and letters and 
papers connected with it, which, when she came to Paris, and 
just before I saw her, she had deposited with a correspondent of 
her father in that city. He became afterwards bankrupt, and in 
consequence of that misfortune the lady's papers passed into other 
hands, and it was only a few days since I traced and recovered 
them. Without these documents of evidence, it would have been 
imprudent for her to have preferred her complaint, fiivoured as 
Lord Dalgamo is by powerful friends." 

" Ye are saucy to say sae," said the King ; " I ken what ye 
mean weel eneuzh — ye think Steenie wad hae putten the weight 
of his foot into we scales of iustice, and garr'd them whomle the 
bucket — ye forget, Greordie, wha it is whose hand uphaulds 
them. And ye £> poor Steenie the mair wrang, for he confessed 
it ance before us and our privy council, that DfUgamo would have 
put the quean aff on him, the puir simple bairn, making him trow 
that she was a light-o'-love ; in whilk mind he remained assured 
even when he parted from her, albeit Steenie might hae weel 
thought ane of thae cattle wadna hae resisted the like of him." 

" The Lady Hermione," said Greorge Heriot, " has always done 
the utmost justice to the conduct of the Duke, who, although 
strongly possessed with prejudice against her character, yet 
scorned to avail himself of her distress, and on the contrary 
supplied her with the means of extricating herself from her 
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** It was e'en like himsell — blessings on his bonny face !" said 
the King ; '^ and I believed this lady's tale the mair readily, my 
Lord Huntinglen, that she spake nae ill of Steenie — and to 
make a lang tale short, my lord, it is the opinion of our council 
and ourself, as weel as of Baby Charles and Steenie, that your 
son maun amend his wrong by wedding this lady, or undergo 
such disgrace and discountenance as we can bestow." 

The person to whom he spoke was incapable of answering him. 
He stood before the King motionless, and glaring with eyes 
of which CTen the Hds seemed inunovable, as if suddenly con- 
verted into an ancient statue of the times of chivalry, so instantly 
had his hard features and strong limbs been arrested into rigidity 
by the blow he had received — And in a second afterwards, like 
the same statue when the lightnmg breaks upon it, he sunk at 
once to the ground with a heavy groan. The King was in the 
utmost alarm, called upon Heriot and Maxwell for help, and, 
presence of mind not being lua forte, ran to and fro in his oaJl>ine^ 
exclaiming — " My ancient and beloved servant — who saved our 
anointed self ! V(te aJtque dolor I My Lord of Huntinglen, look 
up — look up, man, and yout son may marry the Queen of Sheba 
ifhewiU." 

By this time Maxwell and Heriot had raised the old nobleman, 
and placed him on a chair; while the King, observing that he 
began to recover himself, continued his consolations more 
metiiodically. 

** Hand up your head — baud up your head, and listen to your 
ain kind native Prince. If l^re is shame, man, it comesna 
empty-handed — Ihere is mller to gild it — a gude tocher, and no 
that bad a pedigree ; — if she has been a loon, it was your son 
made her s^e, and he can make h^ an honest woi]mn again." 

These suggestions, however reasonable in the common case, 
gave no coinfort to Lord Huntinglen, if indeed he fully compre- 
hended them ; but the blubbering of his good>natured old master, 
which began to accompany and interrupt his royal speech, pro- 
duced more rapid effect. The large tear gushed reluctantly from 
his eye, as he kissed the withered hands, which the King, weeping 
with less dignity and restraint, abandoned to him, first alter* 
nately and then both together, until the feelings of the max 
getting entirely the better of the Sovereign's sense of dignity, he 
grasped and shook Lord Huntinglen's hands with the sympathji 
of an equal and a fiuniliar friend. 

*^ Compone laohrymas" said the monarch ; '* be patient, man. 
be patient ; — the council, and Baby Charles, and Steenie, maj 
a' gang to the deevil — he shall not marry her since it moves 
you so deeply." 

*' He shall marry her, by God i" answered the Earl, drawing 
himself up, dashing the tear from his eyes, and endeavouring to 
recover his composure. " I pray your Majesty's pardon, but he 
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veriest ooortezaa in all S|>ain — If he gare his word, he shaU 
make his word good, were it to the meanest creature that haunts 
the streets — he shail do it, or my own dagger shall take the life 
that I ^ve him. If he could stoop to use so base a fraud, though 
to deceive infamy, let him wed infamy." 

" No, no I" the monarch continued to insinuate, '^ things are 
not so bad as that — Steenie himself never thought of her being 
a street-walker, even when he thought the worst of her." 

^ If it can at all console my Lord of Huntinglen," said the 
citizen, '* I can assure him of tins lady's good birth, and most fair 
and unspotted fame." 

^ I am sorry for it," said Lord Huntinglen-^then interrupting 
him80lf, he said — <* Heaven forgive me for being ungrateful for 
such comfort ! — but I am well-nigh sorry she should be as you 
represent her, so much better than the villain deserves. To be 
condemned to wed beauty, and innocence, and honest birth " 

** Ay, and wealth, my lord — wealth," insinuated the King, " is 
a heUer sentence than his perfidy has deserved." 

'^ It is long," said the imbittered father, ^ since I saw he was 
selfish and Imrd-hearted ; but to be a perjured liar — I never 
dreaded that such a blot would have fallen on my race I I will 
never look on him again." 

** Hoot ay, my lord, hoot ay," said the King ; ** ye maun tak 
him to task roundly. I grant you should speak more in the vein 
of Demea than Mitio, 'ci nempe et maperoutgcOa patrum; but as 
for not seeing him again, and he your only son, that is altogether 
out of reason. I tell ye, man, (but I woidd not for a boddle that 
Baby Charles heard me,) that he might gie the glaiks to half the 
lasses of Lonnun, ere I could find in my heart to speak such 
harsh words as you have sjud of this deil of a Dalgamo of 
yours." 

** May it please your Majesty to permit me to retire," said 
Lord Huntinglen, *' and dispose of the case according to your own 
royal sense of justice, for I desire no favour for him." 

^ Aweel, my lord, so be it ; and if your lordship can think," 
added the monarch, ^ of any thing in our power which might 
comfort you " 

^ Your Majesty's gracious sympathy," said Lord Huntinglen, 
^ has already comforted me as far as earth can ; the rest must 
be firom the King of Kings." 

'^ To Him I commend you, my auld and faithful servant," said 
James with emotion, as the Earl withdrew from his presence. 
The King remained fixed in thought for some time, and then said 
to Heriot, ** Jingling Geordie, ye ken all the privy doines of 
our Court, and have dune so these thirty years, though, hke a 
wise man, ye hear, and see, and say nothing. Now, there is a 
thing I fain wad ken, in the way of philosophical inquiry — Did 
you ever hear of the umquhile Lady Huntinglen, the departed 
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throDgh the world ; I mean in the way of slipping a foot, casting 
a leglin-girth,* or the like, ye understand me !*' 

^ On my word as an honest man/' said Greorge Heriot, some- 
what surprised at the question, ** I never heard her wronged by 
the slightest breath of suspicion. She was a worthy lady, very 
circumspect in her walk, and lived in great concord willi her 
husband, save that the good Countess was something of a puritan, 
and kept more company with ministers than was altogether agree- 
able to Lord Huutinglen, who is, as your Majesty well knows, a 
man of the old rough world, that will'drink and swear." 

** Greordie !" exclaimed the King, " these are auld-warld 
frailties, of whilk we dare not pronounce even ourselves abso- 
lutely free. But the warld grows worse from day to day, Gleordie. 
The juveniles of this age may weel say with the poet — 

' ^tas parentum, pcjor avis, tulit 
Nob nequiores*— 

This Dalgamo does not drink so much, or swear so much, as his 
lather ; but he wenches, Geordie, and he breaks his word and 
oath baith. As to what you say of the leddy and the ministers, 
we are a' fallible creatures, Geordie, priests and kings, as weel as 
others ; and wha kens but what that may account for the differ^ 
ence between this Dalgamo and his father ! The Earl is the vera 
eoul of honour, and cares nae mair for warld's gear than a noble 
hound for the quest of a foulmart ; but as for his son, he was like 
to brazen us a' out — ourselves, Steenie, Baby Charles, and our 
council — till he heard of the tocher, and then, by my kingly 
crown, he lap like a cock at a grossart I These are discrepancies 
betwixt parent and son not to be accounted for naturally, accor- 
ding to Baptista Porta, Michael Scott de tecretii, and others. — 
Ah, Jingling Greordie, if your clouting the cauldron, and jingling 
on pots, pans, and veshels of all manner of metal, hadna jingled 
a' your grammar out of your head, I could have touched on that 
matter to you at mair length." 

Heriot was too plain-spoken to express much concern for the 
loss of his grammar learning on this occasion ; but after modestly 
hinting that he had seen many men who could not fill their father's 
bonnet, though no one had been suspected of wearing their father's 
nightcap, he inquired <' whether Lord l)algamo had ooBsented to 
do the Lady Hermione justice." 

" Troth, man, I have small doubt that he will," quoth the 
King ; << I gave him the schedule of her worldly substance, whidi 

• A leglin-girth is the lowest hoop upon a leglin^ or milk-paU. Allan Ramm^ 
appliM tba phrase in the same metaphorical senae : 

' Or iMtirns can read, they lint maun ipcll, 

I leun'd this flrae my mammy 
And oast a leglin girth mymU, 

I«nt ere I married Tammie. 

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Yoa delivered to us in the council, and we allowed him half an 
hour to chew the cud upon that. It is rare reading for bringing 
him to reason. I left Baby Charles and Steenie laying his duty 
before him ; and if he can resist doing what they desire him — 
why, I wish he would teach me the gate of it. Greordie, Jing> 
ling Geordie, it was grand to hear Baby Charles laying down the 
guilt of dissimulation, and Steenie lecturing on the turpitude of 
incontinence !" 

" I am afraid,*' said George Heriot, more hastily than prudently, 
'' I might have thought of the old proverb of Satan reproving 
sin." 

''Deil hae our saul, neighbour," said the King, reddening, 
^ but ye are not blate. I gie ye license to speak freely, and, by 
our saul, ye do not let the privilege become lost non utendo — it will 
suffer no negative prescription in your hands. Is it fit, think ye, 
that Baby Charles should let his thoughts be publicly seen ? — No 
— no — princes' thoughts are arcana imperii — Qui nesdt dissimu- 
lore nesdt regnare. Every liege subject is bound to speak the 
whole truth to the King, but there is nae reciprocity of obligation 
— and for Steenie having been whiles a dike-louper at a time, 
is it for you, who are his goldsmith, and to whom, T doubt, he 
awes an uncomatable sum, to cast that up to him f" 

Heriot did not feel himself called on to play the part of Zeno, 
and sacrifice himself for upholding the cause of moral truth ; he 
did not desert it, however, by disavowing his words, but simply 
^expressed sorrow for having offended his Majesty, with which 
the placable King was sufiUciently satisfied. 

" And now, Greordie, man," quoth he, " we will to this culprit, 
and hear what he has to say for himself, for I will see the job 
cleared this blessed day. Ye maun come wi' me, for your evi- 
dence may be wanted." 

The King led the way, accordingly, into a larger apartment, 
where the Prince, the Duke of Buckingham, and one or two privy 
counsellors, were seated at a table, before which stood Lord 
Dalgamo, in an attitude of as much elegant ease and indifference 
as could be expressed, considering the stiff dress and manners of 
the times. 

All rose and bowed reverentiy, while the King, to use a north 
country word, expressive of his mode of locomotion, toddled to 
his chair or throne, making a sign to Heriot to stand behind 
him. 

^We hope," said his Majesty, '*ihaJt Lord Dalgamo stands 
prepared to do justice to this unfortunate lady, and to his own 
character and honour !" 

^ May I humbly inquire the penalty," said Lord Dalgamo, '^ in 
case I should unhappily find compliance with your Majesty's 
demands impossible !" 

** Banishment frae our Court, my lord," said the King: **haB 
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<< Unhappy exile that I may be !" said Lord Dalgarno, in a tone 
of sabdued irony — "I will at least carry your Majesty's pietore 
with me, for I shall never see such anoUier King." 

<^ And banishment, my lord," said the Prince, sternly, ^from 
these our dominions." 

*' That must be by form of law, please your Royal Highness,** 
said Dalgamo, with an affectation of deep respect : '' and I have 
not heard that there is a statute, compelling us, under such penalty, 
to marry every woman we may plav the fool with. Perhaps his 
Grace of Buckingham can tell me !*' 

"You are a villain, Dalgamo,'* said the haughty and vehe- 
ment favourite. 

** Fie, my lord, fie ! — to a prisoner, and in presence of your 
royal and paternal gossip V* said Lord Dalgamo. " But I will 
cut this deliberation short. I have looked over this schedule of 
the goods and effects of Erminia Pauletti, daughter of the late noble 
— yes, he is called the noble, or I read wrong, Giovanni Pauletti, 
of the House of Sansovino, in Grenoa, and of the no less noble Lady 
Maud Olifaunt, of the House of Glenvarloch — Well, I declare 
that I was pre-contracted in Spain to this noble lady, and there 
has passed betwixt us some certain prcdibatio matrimonii ; and 
now, what more does this grave assembly require of me !" 

'^ That you should repair the gi^ss and infamous wrong you 
have done the lady, by marrying her within this hour," said the 
Prince. 

" Oh, may it please your Royal Highness," answered Dalgamo, 
" I have a trifling relationship with an old Earl, who calls himself 
my father, who may claim some vote in the matter. Alas! 
every son is not blessed with an obedient parent." He hazarded 
a slight glance towards the throne, to give meaning to his last 
words. 

** We have spoken ourselves with Lord Huntinglen,** said the 
King, '^ and are authorized to consent in his name." 

"I could never have expected this intervention of aproniMta, 
which the vulgar translate blackfoot, of such eminent dignity," 
said Dalgamo, scarce concealing a sneer. " And my f&ther hath 
consented ? He was wont to say, ere we left Scotland, that the 
blood of Huntinglen and of Glenvarloch would not mingle, were 
they poured into the same basin. Perhaps he has a mind to tiy 
the experiment !" 

" My lord," said James, ** we will not be longer trifled with — 
Will you instantly, and tine fnora, take this lady to your wife, in 
our chapel ?" 

''Statim atque inttanter" answered Lord Dalgamo; ^for, I 
perceive, by doing so, I shall obtain power to render great servioes 
to the commonwealth — I shall have acquired wealth to supply the 
wants of your Majesty, and a fair wife to be at the command U 
his Grace of Buckingham." 

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Dalgamo was standing, and whispered in his €bry ^You have 
placed a fair sister at my command ere now." 

This taunt cut deep through Lord Dalgarno's assumed com- 
posure. He started as if an adder had stung him, .hut instantly 
composed himself, and, fixing on the Duke's still smiling counte- 
nance an eve which spoke unutterable hatred, he pointed the 
forefinger of his left hand to the hilt of his sword, but in a manner 
which could scarce be observed by any one save Buckingham. 
The Duke gave him another smile of bitter scorn, and returned 
to his seat, in obedience to the commands of the King, who con- 
tinued calling out, <' Sit down, Steenie, sit down, I command yQ — 
we will hae nae barns-breaking here." 

" Your Majesty needs not fear my patience," said Lord Dal- 
gapno ; ^ and that I may keep it the better, I will not utter another 
word in this presence, save those enjoined to me in that hap 
pprtion of the Prayer-Book, which begins with JDearly Bdon 
and ends with amazement", 

^ You are a hardened villain, Dalgamo," said the King ; ^'and 
were I the lass, by my father's saul, I would rather brook the stain 
of having been your concubine, than run the risk of becoming 
your wife. But she shall be under our special protection. — Come, 
my lords, we will ourselves see this blithesome bridal." He gave 
the signal by rising, and moved towards the door, followed by the 
train. Lord Dalgamo attended, speaking to none, and spoken 
to by no one, yet seeming as easy and unembarrassed in his gait 
and manner as if in Yeality a happy bridegroom. 

They reached the Chapel by a private entrance, which com- 
municated from the royal apartment. The Bishop of Winchester, 
in his pontifical dress, stood beside the altar ; on the other side, 
suppoited by Monna Paula, the colourless, faded, half-lifeless form 
of the Lady Hermione, or Erminia, Pauletti. Lord Dalgamo 
.bowed profoundly to her, and the Prince, observing the horror 
with which she rerarded him, walked up, and said to her, with 
much dignity,— ^^ Madam, ere you put yourself under the autho- 
rity of this man, let me inform you, he hath in the fullest degree 
vindicated your honour, so far as concerns your former inter- 
course. It is for you to consider whether you will put your 
fortune and happiness into the hands of one, who has shewn him- 
self unworthy of all trust." 

The lady, with much 'difficulty, found words to make reply. ^ J 
owe to his Majesty's goodness,'' she said, *' the care of providing 
me some reservation out of my own fortune, for my decent suste- 
nance. The rest cannot be better disposed than in buying back 
the fair fame of which I am deprived, and the liberty of ending 
my life in peace and seclusion.*' 

'^ The contract has been drawn up," said the King, ''under 
oar own eye, specially discharging the potettat maritalis, and 
agreeing they ^al] live separate. So buckle them, my Lord 

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Blihop, as fjEtsfas you can, that they may sunder again llie 
sooner." 

The Bishop accordingly opened his book and oonlimenoed the 
marriage ceremony, under circumstances so novel and so in- 
auspicious. The responses of the bride were only expressed by 
inclinations of the head and body ; while those of the bridegroom 
were spoken boldly and distinctlv, with a tone resembling levity, 
if not scorn. When it was concluded. Lord DaJgamo advanced 
as if to salute the bride, but seeing that she drew back in fear 
and abhorrence, he contented hin^df with making her a low bow. 
He then drew up his form to its height, and stretched himself as 
if examining the power of his limbs, but elegantly, and without 
any forcible change of attitude. '* I could caper yet," he said, 
'^ though I am in fetters — but they are of gold, and lightly worn. 
— Well, I see all eyes look cold on me, and it is time I should 
withdraw. The sun shines elsewhere than in England ! But 
first I must ask how this fair Lady Dalgamo is to be bestowed. 
Metliinks it is but decent I should know. Is she to be sent to 
the haram of my Lord Duke I Or is this worthy citizen, as 
before " 

^ Hold thy base ribald tongue !" said his father. Lord Huntin- 
glen, who had kept in the background during the ceremony, and 
now stepping suddenly forward, caught the lady by the arm, 
and confronted her unworthy husband. — ^ The Lady Dalgamo,*' 
he continued, ** shall remain as a widow in my house. A widow 
I esWm her, as much as if the grave had dosed over her dis- 
honoured husband." 

Lord Dalgamo exhibited momentary symptoms of extreme 
confusion, and said, in a submissive tone, <* If you, my lord, can 
wish me dead, I cannot, though your heir, return the compliment. 
Few of the first-bom of Israel," he added, recovering himself 
fi^mi the single touch of emotion he had displayed, ^ can say so 
much with tmth. But I will convince you ere I go, that I 
am a tme descendant of a house fSamed for its memory of 
injuries." 

** I marvel your Majesty will listen to him longer," said Prince 
Charles. ** Methinks we have heard enough of nis daring inso- 
lence." 

But James, who took the interest of a trae gossip in such a eoeaie 
as was now passing, could not bear to cut the controversy short, 
but imposed dlence on his son, with *' Whisht, Baby Gmurks — 
there is a good bairn, whisht I — I want to hear what the front- 
less loon can say." 

^ Only, sir," said Dalgamo, ** that but for one single line in 
this schedule, all else that it contains could not have bribed me 
to take that woman's hand into mine." 

^ That line maun have been the iumma totalit,'' said the King; 

<< Not so, sire," replied Dalgamo. <' The sum total mieht indeM 
have been an object for consideration even to a S